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Pocket Colposcope for Cervical Cancer Screening by Anyone Anywhere


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Scientists at Duke University have developed a handheld colposcope that can be used for cervical screening. The slender wand can be attached to a smartphone or laptop to display images of the cervix.

At present, detecting cervical cancer requires specialized equipment. Healthcare professionals use a device called a speculum to spread the vagina and an expensive colposcope, which is a telescopic magnifying device and camera, to look at the cervix for signs of cancer. This expensive equipment means that cervical cancer detection is much lower than it should be in low-resource settings around the world.

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