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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:37am

Inventors Use iPhone To See Ear Infections

Updated: 2 years ago.
A professor at Georgia Tech and Emory University is developing technology to use iPhones to help children with ear infections. (Photo Courtesy of Paolo Neo.)

A professor at Georgia Tech and Emory University wants to help children with ear infections, and he stands to make a little money in the process.

Wilbur Lam, along with colleagues in California, is developing iPhone technology designed for parents to photograph or video their child's eardrum, and then send images to a physician. It would require a software application and a hardware attachment called Remotoscope.

Lam, a physician, says his invention could help parents avoid trips to the doctor's office and emergency room. Pediatricians, he said, also could to track an infection over several days, allowing them to differentiate between bacterial and viral infections. That would allow doctors to avoid prescribing antibiotics that cannot combat viruses.

Lam is a part-owner of the company that would commercialize Remotoscope.