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Design of point-of-care (POC) microfluidic medical diagnostic devices
Author(s): James F. Leary
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Paper Abstract

Design of inexpensive and portable hand-held microfluidic flow/image cytometry devices for initial medical diagnostics at the point of initial patient contact by emergency medical personnel in the field requires careful design in terms of power/weight requirements to allow for realistic portability as a hand-held, point-of-care medical diagnostics device. True portability also requires small micro-pumps for high-throughput capability. Weight/power requirements dictate use of super-bright LEDs and very small silicon photodiodes or nanophotonic sensors that can be powered by batteries. Signal-to-noise characteristics can be greatly improved by appropriately pulsing the LED excitation sources and sampling and subtracting noise in between excitation pulses. The requirements for basic computing, imaging, GPS and basic telecommunications can be simultaneously met by use of smartphone technologies, which become part of the overall device. Software for a user-interface system, limited real-time computing, real-time imaging, and offline data analysis can be accomplished through multi-platform software development systems that are well-suited to a variety of currently available cellphone technologies which already contain all of these capabilities.

Microfluidic cytometry requires judicious use of small sample volumes and appropriate statistical sampling by microfluidic cytometry or imaging for adequate statistical significance to permit real-time (typically < 15 minutes) medical decisions for patients at the physician’s office or real-time decision making in the field. One or two drops of blood obtained by pin-prick should be able to provide statistically meaningful results for use in making real-time medical decisions without the need for blood fractionation, which is not realistic in the field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10491, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVI, 104910V (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2286542
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James F. Leary, Aurora Life Technologies, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10491:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVI
Bonnie L. Gray; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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