Life-saving light beam to detect malaria

9 Dec 2022
Malaria test in use
The malaria detection tool collects an infrared signature for a mobile phone to process.

A fast, needle-free malaria detection tool developed by a University of Queensland-led team could help save hundreds of thousands of lives annually.

Malaria is usually detected by a blood test, but scientists have devised a method using a device that shines a beam of harmless infrared light on a person’s ear or finger for five-to-10 seconds, it collects an infrared signature that is processed by a computer algorithm.

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