6 February 2015

Smart Device Lets You Test For STDs Using Your Phone In Just 15 Minutes

[Click here to view the video in this article]

Image via Samiksha Nayak for Columbia Engineering

Associate professor Samuel K. Sia, together with a team of researchers at Columbia Engineering has created a low-cost device that would be able to diagnose if a patient has sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

The dongle can easily be attached to a smartphone to run blood samples through an app, to test for HIV or syphilis antibodies, through a process called immunoassay.

Healthcare workers in Rwanda are already using the device—the entire process was simple as there were guided on-screen pictures to help carry out the test, and patients would then be able to know their results in just 15 minutes.

Watch the video to see how the device works.

[via Gizmodo, Columbia Engineering, images via video screenshot]