The DermoScreen app is currently being tested to detect melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The app has an accuracy rate of around 85 percent and was developed by University of Houston professor of engineering technology, George Zouridakis.
A $500 dermoscope and a combined magnifying lens and light, is attached to the back of the iPhone, the phone camera takes a photo of a suspicious mole or lesion, then the app determines if it is cancerous or not. The results are available in seconds and more accurate than an examination by specialists.
The app is still being tested at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and hopes to screen for other conditions.
The iPhone has been used for medical diagnostics before, the Stanford University developed a $90 iPhone accessory that replaces very expensive ophthalmology kits.