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IIT Kharagpur researchers develop low-cost blood test device

Kolkata, Aug 13 (PTI) Researchers from IIT Kharagpur

have developed a low-cost diagnostic device which can

perform various pathological tests by using blood taken from a

fingerprick.

The device requires only a paper strip based kit

integrated with a smartphone to enable analytics and readout

functions and an LED light for imaging, an IIT KGP statement

said on Tuesday.

The key aspect of the kit, developed by a research

team led by Prof Suman Chakraborty, is operational simplicity

and extremely low running cost, it said.

While under laboratory conditions each test would cost

Re 1 or even less, the cost is expected to marginally vary in

case of commercialisation of the product, the statement said.

On the operational front, the device requires a single

drop of blood and a drop of reagent (a substance used to cause

a chemical reaction) on the paper-based reaction chamber.

This detection method is designed to harness the flow

of blood from an input source pad to a reaction pad for

diagnosis.

"Compared to other reported portable devices for

haemoglobin estimation, this device is implementable without

any trained personnel at resource-limited settings,

Chakraborty said.

Extensive validation tests have been conducted for

blood glucose and haemoglobin at laboratories as well as in

the field, both in clinical environment and villages with

limited clinical facilities.

"We have tested it at extreme challenging environment

with uncontrolled dirt, dust and humidity, and in the absence

of structured clinics or air-conditioned pathological

laboratories to work," Dr Satadal Saha, visiting professor at

the School of Medical Science and Technology of IIT Kharagpur,

said.

Saha along with Chakraborty led the joint team for

field work. PTI SUS

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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