Smart Phone App That Could Detect Bacteria And Disease Using Images





Mindblower, 04 Apr - 2015 ,

Smart Phone App That Could Detect Bacteria And Disease Using Images
Credit: Florida Atlantic University

Like glucometers and pregnancy tests have revolutionized in-home diagnostic testing, scientists of Florida Atlantic University have developed a new biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli,

Like glucometers and pregnancy tests have revolutionized in-home diagnostic testing, scientists of Florida Atlantic University have developed a new biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coliStaphylococcus aureas and other bacteria. Using a drop of blood from a fingerprick, this novel biosensing platform provides clinically relevant specificity, sensitivity and detection of pathogens from whole blood and plasma.

The thin, lightweight and flexible materials developed by these researchers can be fabricated and operated without the need for expensive infrastructure and skilled personnel, potentially solving real-world healthcare problems for both developed and developing countries. Using this technology, they also have developed a phone app that could detect bacteria and disease in the blood using images from a cellphone that could easily be analyzed from anywhere in the world. The future of diagnostics and health monitoring will have potentially cell-phone based or portable readers sipping saliva or blood and continuously monitoring human health taking it way beyond where we are with counting steps today.


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