Take a selfie to check for anaemia

HEY PRESTO: The app will soon be available for Microsoft devices.


    Aug 18, 2014

    Take a selfie to check for anaemia

    A TEAM of Australian medical students has developed an award-winning app that's capable of screening for anaemia.

    Normally diagnosed during a doctor's visit, the condition can be spotted by looking at the hue of blood-rich areas such as the skin beneath the fingernails or the inner eyelid.

    To save a trip to the doctor's, or when one is not possible, the user simply takes a selfie in which he poses with a colour card and pulls back the lower eyelid to expose what should be a rosy red membrane if he is in good health.

    The app processes this not-too-flattering selfie, assessing the conjunctiva's haemoglobin level according to the colour card, and subsequently informs the user of how to proceed.

    The app, called Eyenaemia, is not yet available for downloading, but will soon be available for Microsoft devices after receiving Microsoft's 2014 Imagine World Cup award.

    An informative portal is available on the Eyenaemia's website.

    According to statistics from the World Health Organisation, pre-school age children and pregnant women have the highest risk for anaemia, and the highest prevalence of anaemia is in Africa (67.6 per cent) and South-east Asia (65.5 per cent).

    Apps facilitating the diagnosis of skin conditions are nothing new, and there are several enabling concerned individuals to send photos to doctors for analysis.

    One such app is STD Triage, where individuals can send pictures of alarming or embarrassing skin conditions for medical assessment in anonymity. The app is available for downloading to both iOS and Android devices.