Because pain, blood and finger-pricking are all part of the process of performing a traditional blood sugar test, many diabetics find ways to avoid these invasive procedures that are required several times throughout the day. In light of this, many researchers are seeking non-invasive ways to help patients check their glucose levels.
Working with colleagues, Amay Bandodkar, a nanoengineer at the University of California at San Diego, developed a flexible electronic "tattoo" that is capable of sticking onto the skin. Rather than involving needles, this tattoo-inspired patch would rest on top of the wearer's skin and send a mild electrical current to pick up on blood sugar levels. This smart sensor actually sits atop temporary tattoo paper, along with electrodes made from silver, silver chloride ink and a tiny blood glucose sensor.
During tests, the researchers have found that this device works just as well as a traditional finger-stick monitors.
This Temporary Patch Performs a Blood Sugar Test Without a Needle
1. Non-invasive Glucose Monitoring - There is an opportunity to develop non-invasive wearable technology that can monitor glucose levels for diabetics, without the need for needles.
2. Flexible Electronic Wearables - Flexible electronic wearables, such as the diabetic-monitoring tattoo, have the potential to become a popular alternative to traditional medical devices.
3. Smart Sensors and Temporary Tattoo Paper - Advancements in smart sensors and temporary tattoo paper can lead to the development of other medical devices that are more comfortable and less invasive for patients.
1. Healthcare - The healthcare industry can invest in developing innovative wearable medical devices that can improve the patient experience.
2. Nanotechnology - Nanotechnology can be utilized to create highly sensitive and flexible sensors that can be used in a wide range of medical applications.
3. Wearable Technology - The wearable technology industry can explore opportunities to integrate flexible electronic wearables with other health monitoring tools and devices.