Smartphone app for disease diagnosis within one hour

October 6, 2018  Source: drugdu 280

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Infections are getting increased day by day in number. Scientists are having a tough time in finding the quickest cost-effective way to detect the pathogen.

A research team from UC Santa Barbara published an article named ‘Smartphone-based pathogen diagnosis in urinary sepsis patients’ in EbioMedicine journal. A rapid diagnosis of the most commonly prevalent urinary tract infection is possible using smartphone app and mobile camera, where the chemical reaction is measured followed by diagnosis within an hour. Hence, faster and cost-effective recovery is very much possible.

Professor Michael Mahan, the lead author of the study, said "This simple test for urinary tract infections can be conducted in a fraction of the time and cost of clinical diagnostics -- one hour versus 18 to 28 hours. We believe that this lab test holds the exciting potential to bring state-of-the-art diagnostics within easy reach of non-expert users."

This rapid test can detect the pathogen in any patient sample like urine, blood, and faeces. This lab kit including a smartphone, a hot plate, a cardboard box, and LED lights, would cost less than $100. This test can also detect emerging pathogens that lead to health outbreaks. This custom-built app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, specially developed for the Android users. This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in addition to the support provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan-Zuckerberg BioHub.

Fried, a clinical care physician said, "The app enables early-stage diagnosis and intervention, which is particularly important in the context of multidrug-resistant pathogens for which treatment options are highly limited. Such early treatment also reduces the risk of the emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens."

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