06:30 pm
21 February 2019

3D printing helps you diagnose anemia by mobile phones

3D printing helps you diagnose anemia by mobile phones

Not only can be used to call and chat app, the key moment can also be used to diagnose disease, such mobile phones who want to. Recently, the United States the University of Connecticut, a research team has developed a lightweight 3D printing plug-in can be installed on Smartphones, phones into sickle cell test instrument. Besides, 3D printing now brings lot of fun. You can just hold cheap 3D pens and draw picture on your way, then a solid object will appear before your eyes. What a magic!

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease caused by the mutation of hemoglobin, can inhibit blood flow. Besides anemia, clinical manifestations, and there are periodic pain, which can also lead to multiple cerebral embolism in lungs, kidneys, liver, and caused organ damage and stroke. The disease affects the Central and West African population of approximately 25%, but confirmed that the detection of the disease tend to be more expensive and require specialized equipment and the necessary training of personnel.

Sawasi·tasuogelu at the University of Connecticut and his research team developed the device, including the abilityimages to install 3D printing plug-ins and supporting applications on a mobile phone. Through a magnetic levitation technology, this test with an optical lens and smart-phone camera to analyze samples of red blood cells. Next supporting the application automatically analyzes the distribution of red blood cells, make sure the sample is sickle-cell anemia.

Researchers say the device has passed the preliminary tests, persons involved in instrument validation study by the clinical diagnosis for sickle cell anemia patients and control groups. But does not include sickle-cell disease gene carriers (carry a mutation). Next, the researchers further study is needed to determine whether this magnetic suspension platform can distinguish people with sickle-cell anemia patients and carriers of sickle-cell anemia gene.