We review the recent development of mobile detection instruments used for medical diagnostics, and consider the relative advantages of approaches that utilize the internal sensing capabilities of commercially available mobile communication devices (such as smartphones and tablet computers) compared to those that utilize a custom external sensor module. In this review, we focus specifically upon mobile medical diagnostic platforms that are being developed to serve the need in global health, personalized medicine, and point-of-care diagnostics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-304
Number of pages14
JournalBiotechnology Advances
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Biosensors
  • In vitro diagnostics
  • Mobile biosensors
  • Point of care sensors
  • Point of use sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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