You may no longer need to visit the hospital each time you want to take a blood test. Researchers have now developed a credit card-sized device that can analyse blood and saliva samples.
This can be good news for patients of kidney, heart and other such diseases that need regular blood and saliva checkups to monitor the disease.
It’s simple to use: just switch it on, apply your sample to a circle in the bottom right corner and wait for a digital reading to be displayed, which can even be sent to your mobile phone.
According to Anthony Turner, professor at Linkoping University, Sweden, who has developed the instrument, the new machine could turn a 2,500-year-old paradigm on its head and put the power in the patient’s hands.
“We are on the cusp of an entirely new era, not just for bio-sensing, but for measurements in healthcare and diagnostics generally,” Turner noted.
Bio-sensors can detect and analyze data to give patients information on their heart rate and blood pressure, blood sugar and hormone levels, and even test whether they are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
This detection technology is a step forward in personal medicine, giving patients real-time information about how their bodies are functioning and suggesting the most suitable treatments.
The printed instruments are the result of a collaboration between Linkoping University and Swedish ICT non-profit Acreo, and the team is now looking for corporate partners to work with to mass-produce them.
The findings were presented at Elsevier’s fourth international conference on Bio-Sensing Technology in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.