The iPhone 5s as a poor man’s telepathology system
Posted May 05 2014 5:35pm
Recently a colleague pointed out in his Facebook page that he could snap a picture off his microscope using just his iPhone 5s. He did this without any adaptor and all that is needed is a steady hand and some minor editing of the image – zoom and crop as you desire.
I tried it and it does work. If you have a battery case such as the mophie which I use, it adds a gap beyond the iPhone’s camera lens, so it’s best to remove it from the case first. You then place the iPhone camera over the microscope eyepiece and move in till you see the image. It takes a bit of practice but it is doable.
Here’s an example of a picture taken of a bone marrow aspirate using only an iPhone 5s and an Olympus microscope.
You could easily email/IM/Whatsapp images like these to colleagues for discussion and even help with diagnosis. Now that’s telepathology on the cheap!