Smartphone-based skin imaging


  • Focus Area
  • Faculty Anshuman Das, Ramesh Raskar

This project utilizes the power of the smartphone coupled with a highly sensitive compact spectrometer to image skin in a rapid, non-invasive manner.

Earlier versions of low-cost spectrometers utilize the camera of the mobile phone to image the field after moving through a diffraction grating. These approaches are inherently limited by the closed nature of mobile phone image sensors and built in optical elements. The system presented uses a novel integrated grating and sensor that is compact, accurate and calibrated. Additionally, UV and visible LED excitation sources are built into the device. Data collection and analysis is simplified using the wireless interfaces and logical control on the smart phone. Furthermore, by utilizing an external sensor, the mobile phone camera can be used in conjunction with spectral measurements.

We are exploring ways to use this device to measure endogenous fluorescence of skin in order to distinguish cancerous from non-cancerous lesions with a mobile phone based dermatoscope. The technology could be used to make timely cancer diagnoses in rural communities.