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Feasibility study of a portable kit for Chagas-Mazza disease diagnosis and data centralization
The goal of this project is to study the development of a portable kit for the diagnosis of Chagas-Mazza disease for use in remote areas distant from health centers. The portable kit consists in two devices: a detection device implemented in a board with a field programmable gate array (FPGA) for screening blood samples, and a diagnostic device implemented in a notebook or in a smart cell phone, for patient data storage and final diagnosis processing. The detection device is used for screening blood samples to detect T. cruzi parasites rapid motion. The diagnostic device is used for enter patient data, processing it using a fuzzy logic based software and diagnosis delivering. A further step in the diagnostic device is to transform data into DICOM format files and transmit it to a PACS server for further analysis by specialists. The large amount of blood sample images underlying T. cruzi rapid motion screening requires the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) for obtaining faster diagnosis. Chagas-Mazza disease is not curable in its chronic (last) stage, but can be treated, this is the reason why early diagnosis is a matter of utmost importance.