A personalized medical diagnostic device has been developed for the first time in the world. It allows you to print a paper-based chip with your printer and diagnose whether you have diabetes, kidney problems and brain diseases using your smartphone.
The National Research Foundation of Korea said, “We have developed a technology that can diagnose blood sugar, kidney and brain diseases at the same time by connecting a paper-based electronic diagnosis chip with a smartphone.” The paper-based electronic diagnosis chip can control electric signals using the printing technology on the paper, instead of the existing silicon substrate, and diagnose and analyze diseases from a medical standpoint.
The research team led by Professor Shin Kwan-woo of Sogang University jointly developed a paper-based electronic diagnosis chip, which can diagnose and analyze medical disorders using a smartphone and a home ink jet printer, with the research teams in Thailand and Denmark.
In order to automatically perform a complex pre-processing process for hematomancy, including mixture of reagents, control of reaction time and measurement, and diagnose, all you need to do is to print a paper-based electronic diagnosis chip and connect with your smartphone. Through the chip, you can detect more than three changes in blood caused by diseases at once.
Professor Shin said, “Without expensive equipment, you can make thousands of chips with your home printer using paper and recycled paper. We expect to apply it to customized medical services and on-site diagnostic devices for detection of virus and bacteria.”
The findings were published as a cover thesis in Advanced Materials Technologies, an international peer-reviewed journal covering a broad spectrum of new materials science, on March 16.