An iPhone application from the University of Michigan is alleged to be able to achieve the seemingly impossible feat, at least for an ordinary application. It is said that it can diagnose skin cancer!
What the app does is it take several pictures with your smartphone’s camera, and then the app, via it’s software algorithm could predict or detect if you have a skin cancer or not.
Though the app can theoretically save a life, but at what cost, you may ask ? Would one readily go through all the “indecent” exposures necessary before the said cancer diagnosis?
For the app, UMSkinCheck to work and churn out a diagnosis, it needs to take at least 23 snapshot photos of you in your birthday suit via the smartphone’s camera. You didn’t get that? That means pictures of you stark naked! The additional “indignity” you have to undergo for a skin cancer to be diagnosed is that another person, or maybe a partner would have to take the photos for you as you pose. You couldn’t take some of the poses all b oirself. Does that somehow remotely remind you of soft porn?
So to cut a long story short, you’ll need to work around with naked pictures of you in your smartphone app. If you’re that person that are careful with who has access to your phone, then perhaps you do not rightfully have a problem. But otherwise, privacy is what you need to consider before using the app. In addition, could you trust an app, even a medical one, on your privacy and intimate parts? It is definitely a question worth considering before taking the plunge on the app.
Another question worth looking into is whether a piece of software algorithm is good enough to stand in lieu of a doctor’s verdict? Or perhaps it is just an adjunct to your routine medical check up to complement your physician’s, especially if anything is missed out.
Whatever you decide, maybe it is a great way for enthusiasts of total body photography to have their full body photos, without their needing to pose nude in a studio.
If you are not decided yet, the app is free and available only at the US Apple app store.
source | The Atlantic
Afewgoodmen is a Physician with Tech as one of his hobbies. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dfewgoodmen
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