March 20, 2013
'Under the skin' blood-testing device gives instant results via a mobile phone
Scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne, say they have developed a tiny blood-testing device that sits under the skin and gives instant results via a mobile phone. The BBC reports.
The Swiss team say the wireless prototype - half an inch (14mm) long - can simultaneously check for up to five different substances in the blood.
The readings are then beamed to the doctor, using Bluetooth technology.
The device's developers hope it will be available to patients within four years.
It is designed to be inserted, using a needle, into the interstitial tissue just beneath the skin of the abdomen, legs or arms. And it could remain there for months before needing to be replaced or removed.
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