Automated robotic service device developed for faster blood testing

by Technology | 13-06-2018 | 1141 views

Scientists have created a robot that is able to draw and test blood samples, in an effort to quicken treatment methods. Researchers have developed an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results and allows health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients. The study, published in the journal TECHNOLOGY, suggest that the device provides highly accurate results from a white blood cell test, using a blood-like fluid spiked with fluorescent microbeads. It includes an image-guided robot for drawing blood from veins, a sample handling module and a centrifuge- based blood analyser, researchers said. The testing used artificial arms with plastic tubes that served blood vessels.
“This device represents the holy grail in blood testing echnology,’’ said co-authorMartin L. Yarmush from the Rutgers University –New Brunswick in New Jersey.” Integrating miniaturized robotic and microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) systems, this technology combines the breadth and accuracy of traditional blood drawing and laboratory testing with the speed and convenience of point-of-care testing Yamursh added. 
According to researchers, diagnostic blood testing is the most commonly performed clinical procedure in the world, and it influences most of the medical decisions made in hospitals and laboratories. But the success rate of manually drawing blood samples depends on clinicians’ skill and patient physiology and nearly all test results come from centralized labs that handle large number of samples and use labour-intensive analytical techniques, researchers added. The device could provide rapid test resulting at besides or in ambulances, emergency rooms, clinics and doctors’ offices. 

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