The leukometer is a new high-tech device that allows patients who are undergoing chemotherapy to carry out needle-free monitoring of their white blood cell counts at home.
Keeping track of white blood cell levels is crucially important, because chemotherapy can lead to a decline in white blood cell count, which can lead to various infections and other complications.
The major advantage of the leukometer is just how immediate the process is when compared to regular blood sampling methods. It isn't always possible or realistic to carry out blood tests on chemotherapy patients every hour. This needle-free monitoring system makes it possible to pick up on white blood cell depletion early on, which then allows for drugs to be prescribed to return it to safe levels and improve the body's ability to fight off infection.
Easy to use but representing a huge improvement over current technology, the leukometer could well help save the lives of many chemotherapy patients.