Development of a dual-modality, dual-view smartphone-based imaging system for oral cancer detection

Ross D. Uthoff, Bofan Song, Praveen Birur, Moni Abraham Kuriakose, Sumsum Sunny, Amritha Suresh, Sanjana Patrick, Afarin Anbarani, Oliver Spires, Petra Wilder-Smith, Rongguang Liang

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Oral cancer is a rising health issue in many low and middle income countries (LMIC). Proposed is an implementation of autofluorescence imaging (AFI) and white light imaging (WLI) on a smartphone platform providing inexpensive early detection of cancerous conditions in the oral cavity. Interchangeable modules allow both whole mouth imaging for an overview of the patients' oral health and an intraoral imaging probe for localized information. Custom electronics synchronize image capture and external LED operation for the excitation of tissue fluorescence. A custom Android application captures images and an image processing algorithm provides likelihood estimates of cancerous conditions. Finally, all data can be uploaded to a cloud server where a convolutional neural network classifies the images and a remote specialist can provide diagnosis and triage instructions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI
EditorsRamesh Raghavachari, Rongguang Liang
ISBN (Electronic)9781510614574
StatePublished - 2018
EventDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jan 27 2018Jan 28 2018

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherDesign and Quality for Biomedical Technologies XI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • autouorescence imaging
  • biomedical engineering
  • low-resource settings
  • mobile health
  • optical engineering
  • oral cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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