About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Implantable Bio-sensor Chip can Monitor Drug, Blood and Send Data to Smartphone

by Shirley Johanna on May 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM
Font : A-A+

Implantable Bio-sensor Chip can Monitor Drug, Blood and Send Data to Smartphone

A bio-sensor chip placed under the skin can monitor drug dosage, blood and can send data to smartphone.

"This is world's first chip capable of measuring not just pH and temperature, but also metabolism-related molecules like glucose, lactate and cholesterol as well as drugs," said Sandro Carrara from the Integrated Systems Laboratory at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Advertisement

A group of electrochemical sensors works with or without enzymes, which means the device can react to a wide range of compounds and it can do so for several days or even weeks. This tiny device contains three main components: A circuit with six sensors, a control unit that analyses incoming signals, and a radio transmission module. It also has an induction coil which draws power from an external battery attached to the skin by a patch.

"A simple plaster holds the battery, the coil and a bluetooth module are used to send the results immediately to a mobile phone."

The chip was successfully tested on mice at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Bellinzona, Switzerland. The researchers were able to constantly monitor glucose and paracetamol levels without a wire tracker getting in the way of the animals' daily activities.

"Knowing the precise and real-time effect of drugs on the metabolism is one of the keys to precision medicine that we are striving for," Carrara said.

The device was unveiled at the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) in Lisbon.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Implantable Bio-sensor Chip can Monitor Drug, Blood and Send Data to Smartphone Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests