04/09/2009

A shoebox size diagnostic device.

Researchers at the University of Southampton in Britain have developed a diagnostic device that might allow doctors to perform all blood tests on a device the size of a shoebox.

 

Called a micro fluidic single cell impedance cytometer, the apparatus works by using a chip imprinted with microscopic capillaries, 0-to-100 microns in size that let blood to pass through.

 

 Minute electrodes in the device read the electrical properties of the blood cells, which are unique to each cell and hence used to identify them.  

 

Source: DOTmed