Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Vanishing tattoo multi-sensor for biomedical diagnostics
Author(s): E. Moczko; I. Meglinski; S. Piletsky
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00

Paper Abstract

Currently, precise non-invasive diagnostics systems for the real-time multi detection and monitoring of physiological parameters and chemical analytes in the human body are urgently required by clinicians, physiologists and bio-medical researchers. We have developed a novel cost effective smart 'vanishing tattoo' (similar to temporary child's tattoos) consisting of environmental-sensitive dyes. Painlessly impregnated into the skin the smart tattoo is capable of generating optical/fluorescence changes (absorbance, transmission, reflectance, emission and/or luminescence within UV, VIS or NIR regions) in response to physical or chemical changes. These changes allow the identification of colour pattern changes similar to bar-code scanning. Such a system allows an easy, cheap and robust comprehensive detection of various parameters and analytes in a small volume of sample (e.g. variations in pH, temperature, ionic strength, solvent polarity, presence of redox species, surfactants, oxygen). These smart tattoos have possible applications in monitoring the progress of disease and transcutaneous drug delivery. The potential of this highly innovative diagnostic tool is wide and diverse and can impact on routine clinical diagnostics, general therapeutic management, skin care and cosmetic products testing as well as fundamental physiological investigations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6991, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care, 69911V (2 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780939
Show Author Affiliations
E. Moczko, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
I. Meglinski, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. Piletsky, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6991:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top