Blood-Testing Device That Stays Underneath The Skin

Blood-Testing Device That Stays Underneath The Skin

By Shinji Tutoru

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND. A wireless blood-testing device that can simultaneously check up to 5 different substances in the blood has been developed by a Swiss team. This device is very useful for closely monitoring the chronic conditions of diabetics and intensive care patients.

Professor Giovanni de Micheli and lead scientist Sandro Carrara of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne developed this implantable monitoring device. One makes their device unique it its ability to measure different markers at the same time such as blood sugar, high cholesterol and impact of drug treatments used in chemotherapy.

The tiny and wireless blood-testing device is 14mm long (.5 inch). It sits under the skin and gives instant results via a mobile phone with the use of Bluetooth and radio wave technology. It is inserted into the interstitial tissue which is just beneath the skin of the abdomen, arms or legs via a needle. It can stay there for months before it needs to be removed or replaced.

The device will allow the continuous and direct monitoring based on a patient’s individual tolerance not on his or her age, weekly blood tests or weight charts. It can detect common substances that doctors look for such as blood sugar and cholesterol. This device is advantageous to patients who require repeated blood tests and intensive monitoring.

Invention Wireless Implantable Blood-testing Device
Organization Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Researcher Prof. Giovanni de Micheli & lead scientist Sandro Carrara
Field(s) Blood Test Bio-Implant, Blood Test Implant Microchip, Home Blood Testing Device, Implantable Blood Test, Implantable Blood Test Microchip, Personal Blood Testing Device, Under Skin Blood Test Device, Under The Skin Blood Test, Under The Skin Microchip, Implantable Devices, Internal Body Monitoring, Medical Devices, Biomedical Device
Further Information BBC

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