September 20, 2017

VTT brings inflammation detection to the home

The test takes around 20 minutes to complete: from taking a fingertip blood sample to receiving the result on a smart phone application.
The test takes around 20 minutes to complete: from taking a fingertip blood sample to receiving the result on a smart phone application.
VTT

VTT Technical Research of Finland has developed a device that can measure inflammation levels quickly in the home environment.

The device measures the amount of CPR or C-reactive protein in blood. This rises fairly rapidly during bacterial infections and doctors may order CPR measurement when suspecting inflammation in a patient.

“The device is intended for healthcare professionals or patients themselves at home,” explains Marika Kurkinen, project manager from VTT. “It is about the same size as a blood pressure monitor.”

The device is effective for home use when assessing the need for a doctor, monitoring the effects of antibiotics or when treating certain chronic diseases.

The test takes around 20 minutes to complete. It involves taking a blood sample from the fingertip, diluting it in a solution and applying a drop on a test strip, which is then placed in the portable measuring device.

The result is sent wirelessly to the CPR application on the user’s mobile phone, where the inflammation value is provided in numerical form.

VTT is actively seeking a business partner to validate and commercialise the device. The concept behind it was developed during a Tekes-funded project.

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