New Technology from Stanford Makes an Instant Diabetes Diagnosis

By: Alyson Wyers - Jul 23, 2014
References: med.stanford.edu & gizmodo
Thanks to research performed at Stanford University, an inexpensive microchip can make a diabetes diagnosis in a second. The tiny and instantaneous technology can scan for type 1 and 2 diabetes in a fraction of the time it takes other tests for the same medical condition. The test is even reusable for up to 15 patients and can be administered on site.

The approximately $20 chip is the size of a small glass slide and uses "an array of nano particle-sized islands of gold, which intensify the fluorescent signal, enabling reliable antibody detection." These antibodies are found in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, thus their detection is key in making a diabetes diagnosis.

A misdiagnosis can often occur under current healthcare systems due to a lack of standardized testing. This microchip could change that.