Blood Test Implant Wirelessly Transmits Results to Smartphone

3-20-2013 9-07-03 PM

Researchers from Switzerland unveil an ultra-portable blood analysis device aimed at helping patients that require ongoing monitoring. It is implanted under the skin to analyze five proteins and organic acids and then send the information wirelessly to a patient or physician for analysis.

The major limitation of the device, however, is that it is only accurate for six weeks before the results become skewed due to the limited life of the enzymes used to coat the sensors.

Researchers believe that the chip could have practical use helping monitor glucose levels in diabetics and helping monitor how well a patient is tolerating certain treatments, such as chemotherapy, or helping detect the early onset of a heart attack.

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