Introducing OLO, the revolutionary handheld medical skin scanner and cancer detection system designed for at-home use. “OLO” is derived from the Italian word “Ologramma,” meaning hologram. Developed based on the research by Professor Yu Yao from Arizona State University, OLO utilizes Infrared Polarization Spectroscopy (IRPS) to detect any abnormal microtexture changes on the surface of the skin. OLO allows individuals to monitor their health at home, contributing to good health and well-being by enabling early treatment and improving health outcomes of skin related ailments. The device’s accessibility and user-friendly design make it an excellent tool for reducing health disparities and promoting health equity, especially to those in remote areas.
Design Concept
OLO offers a unique and innovative solution for proactive health monitoring and early detection of skin cancer and other skin diseases, providing individuals with greater control over their health and potentially improving health outcomes. OLO is inspired by the research being conducted into compact IRPS imaging systems by Professor Yu Yao, a professor in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research is primarily focused on reducing the scale of the IRPS technology while also improving resolution.
IRPS, or Infrared Polarization Spectroscopy, is the imaging of the polarization state of light. Incident light is scattered and absorbed by biological tissue, and the scattering process leads to the depolarization of reflected light. When one is looking for abnormal tissue zones in dermatology, backscattered co-polarized and cross-polarized intensity images have better image contrast compared to unpolarized intensity images. OLO uses this technique to provide user-friendly visual feedback based on quantitative measurements of the polarization state, at the level of individual pixels.
OLO provides a way for individuals to monitor their health at home, particularly for those who have a family history of cancer, have had cancer before, or are at high risk of developing cancer due to lifestyle factors or other health conditions. By detecting cancer early on, OLO can contribute to good health and well-being by enabling early treatment, which is crucial for better outcomes and fewer late diagnosis, which statistically leads to higher recovery rates. This ultimately save lives and improves the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Using OLO is incredibly simple. With the handheld scanner, the user can effortlessly scan their body for any areas of concern on their skin by gesturing it over themselves. The device splits into two halves and magnetically attaches to the bathroom mirror. From there, OLO’s holographic display provides a detailed and accurate image of any abnormal tissue zones, allowing the user to quickly and easily identify any potential health concerns, and seek a dermatologist immediately.
Furthermore, OLO will solve UNESCO 2030 challenges related to good health and well-being and reducing inequalities. By providing an accessible, non-invasive, and easy-to-use cancer screening device, individuals who may not have access to regular healthcare services can take control of their health and detect potential health issues early on. This means that people from all over the world could use a device that provides early detection of cancer on a regular basis, leading to better access to healthcare services and reducing health inequalities.
OLO is a revolutionary device that has the potential to greatly improve skin cancer, and other skin diseases detection and prevention. By providing at-home access to advanced imaging technology, individuals can take proactive steps towards monitoring their health and catching potential issues early on. The compact and user-friendly design of OLO makes it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the technology has the potential to greatly reduce health disparities by bringing advanced medical imaging to remote areas all over the world. With the potential to save lives and improve overall health outcomes, OLO is a valuable tool in the fight against skin cancer.
Designer
Yates Downing, badownin@asu.edu
Carl Tischer , ctische1@asu.edu
Research
“Ultra-compact High-speed Infrared Polarimetric Spectroscopic (IRPS) Imaging system” 
Professor Yu Yao, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering | Arizona State University
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