Researchers are developing a way for both physicians and parents to detect and monitor middle ear fluid in children with nothing more than a smartphone and a piece of paper. In a proof-of-concept study published in Science Translational Medicine, clinicians used the new smartphone-based system to detect middle ear fluid in 98 pediatric ears with 85% sensitivity and 82% specificity, accuracy comparable with pneumatic otoscopy and tympanometry, the recommended techniques. Parents using the system classified 25 out of 26 ears as accurately as clinicians using the system.
Abbasi J. Smartphone-Based Detection of Middle Ear Fluid. JAMA. 2019;322(2):107. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9395
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