Smartphone-based microscopes

Wenbin Zhu, Cheng Gong, Nachiket Kulkarni, Christopher David Nguyen, Dongkyun Kang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

9 Scopus citations


Disease diagnosis in low-resource settings is often hampered by lack of equipment and trained personnel required for microscopic examination of the biological sample. Recently, many smartphone-based microscopes have been developed and shown promise in microscopic imaging of the biological sample with minimal sample preparation. In this chapter, we will review the latest development of the smartphone microscopes. Various smartphone-based microscopy imaging methods will be reviewed. Approaches for smartphone microscope objective lenses will be discussed for their advantages and challenges. Finally, remaining challenges in translating the smartphone microscopy devices into field diagnostic tools will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmartphone Based Medical Diagnostics
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128170441
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Low-resource setting
  • Point of care
  • Smartphone-based microscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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