Columbia University in the City of New York, $5,000

Visual inspection with acetic acid in order to detect lesions is a common method of cervical cancer screening in low and middle-income countries. The number of cervical cancer related deaths is high (90% of the 310,000 cases) in these countries due to false diagnoses. Inconsistent lighting conditions and the subjectivity of diagnoses contribute to false identification. cerVIA is a tool with a speculum fitted camera that delivers high quality images of the ectocervix. A screening algorithm provides image analyzation to clinicians that achieves higher levels of diagnostic specificity.

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