A group of scientists working out of the University of South Florida have managed to create an innovative new biomedical device that is designed to make it easier than ever for patients' blood and urine samples to be quickly and easily be analyzed by doctors right in their office.
The Mobile Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay, or MELISA for short, can analyze smartphone photos to study samples, with a special smartphone app being used to carry out color analysis to determine what antibodies might be ailing patients.
Presently, it's common protocol for blood and urine samples to be sent to a separate lab. By making it possible to use smartphone data and app interfaces to produce quicker test results, the MELISA biomedical device aims to improve outcomes while reducing healthcare costs.
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