Detecting Malaria in Low-Resource Environments (video) University of Southern California Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption An animation of the portable instrument capable of early-stage malaria detection developed by a team of researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The portable optical diagnostics system (PODS) prototype can analyze an unprocessed, whole blood sample in 10-15 minutes using three primary components: a laser, a detector (to detect light), and a magnet. Credit Georgina Cahill for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Usage Restrictions Please give credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.