About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Simple Fluorescence Test to Check for Urinary Tract Infections in Near Future

by Rajashri on July 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM
Font : A-A+

 Simple Fluorescence Test to Check for Urinary Tract Infections in Near Future

A simple fluorescent light test would soon make it possible for people to have an almost instantaneous diagnosis for urinary tract infections and that too at home.

Developed by Macquarie University researchers, this unique fluorescence test holds the potential to provide warnings about the presence of other disorders and diseases including cancer.

Advertisement

According to researcher Professor Ewa Goldys, of the university's Department of Physics, the research could lead to a home diagnosis kit that uses simple technology now available.

She pointed out that the impact of urinary tract infections is underestimated till date. Causing about 60 in 1000 patient consultations annually, UTIs are estimated to account for 30 to 40 percent of all hospital-acquired infections.
Advertisement

In the study, the researchers analysed 70 urine samples and found that there exists a clear variation in the fluorescence levels at certain wavelengths in normal and bacteria-infected urine.

They said that this difference is caused due to the presence of bacteria that makes the body to respond by increasing levels of the enzyme indoleamine dioxygenase (IDO), which aids in fighting off infection by reducing levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes microbial growth.

Goldys said that even though urinary tract infections can be easily treated with antibiotics, there needs to be a rapid and inexpensive form of diagnosis to avoid the condition to deteriorate further.

While the current method used for confirming a urinary tract infection is via chemical analysis of a urine sample, which may take 24 hours to be available, the fluorescence test requires a light detector and light source to view the urine sample.

"The physiology that we believe is actually behind this is also present in many other conditions. It's about the activation of the immune system. The immune system begins to attack the disease and induces the same enzyme to be released," ABC Online quoted Goldys, as saying.

Her research colleague, Dr Subramanyam Vemulpad, of Macquarie University's Department of Health and Chiropractic, said that if this research turns out to be a success, it could lead to the test being able to indicate the presence of any disease or disorder.

"We are not looking for the elephant in the room, but for evidence of the presence of the elephant," he said.

He added that under this test, the "evidence of the elephant" is the body's response to the presence of bacteria. And even though the research is very preliminary the "potential of this is enormous".

Goldys further said that in the long run, home kits based on the fluorescence test may act as an early alarm to warn people to go and see a doctor, as soon as possible. However, she said that the research is in its "early stages" and has involved a small sample.

"We don't want to make any pronouncements, but we are on a bit of a trajectory and can see the potential ... we like dreaming here," she said.

The study was presented at the recent 21st Congress of the International Commission for Optics held in Sydney.

Source: ANI
RAS/L
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cystitis Cystoscopy Urinary Tract Infection Vesico-Ureteric Reflux Causing UTI in Children Hydronephrosis / Antenatal Counseling Diet for Kidney stones Flu Stones in Urinary Tract Interstitial Cystitis Prune Belly Syndrome 

Recommended Reading
Vesico-Ureteric Reflux Causing UTI in Children
Bacterial infection of urinary bladder can cause pain and burning sensation while passing urine. ......
Binge Drinking Women Face High Risk of Bladder Rupture
Doctors are warning that women who binge drink may be at a risk of bladder rupture....
Cranberry Juice may Prevent Recurrent Urinary Infections in Women
Cranberry juice not only makes a tasty drink, but as it turns out, it may also help reduce ......
Cystitis
Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder. Cysitis is caused by bacteria and women are more...
Cystoscopy
Cystoscopy is a procedure wherein the urologist visualizes the lining of the urinary bladder and the...
Diet for Kidney stones
Diet for kidney stone should comprise of calcium-rich foods, increased fluid intake. Other dietary r...
Hydronephrosis / Antenatal Counseling
Currently most pregnant women undergo one or two ultrasound scans during their pregnancy....
Interstitial Cystitis
Interstitial cystistis is an umbrella term where a pathology cannot be defined but the patient suf...
Prune Belly Syndrome
Prune belly syndrome is characterized by an absence of abdominal muscles, severe abnormality of the ...
Stones in Urinary Tract
Ask people who have suffered from urinary stones and they will tell you how excruciating the pain ca...
Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection which can happen anywhere along the urinary ....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

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