App beats eyeball test for newborn jaundice: study

A new app could transform neonatal screening for jaundice by allowing GPs to accurately estimate a newborn’s bilirubin levels using phone camera images, according to researchers.

The BiliCam app developed by US paediatricians analyses photo images taken of the baby’s sternum using a smartphone camera.

It uses software and a colour calibration card to convert them into estimates of total serum bilirubin (TSB) levels.

In a study involving more than 500 newborn, researchers from the University of Washington found the app was more accurate than the human eye

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