A urine test has been a useful part of any medical exam since the late 1950s. The test has been refined since then to measure things like blood glucose and proteins to detect a variety of diseases, including infections, kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections and even bladder cancer.
The test that takes place in a doctor’s office requires cost and time-consuming processing. With those factors in mind, Stanford is working on a medical device that will allow urine tests to take place at home or in remote locations that are underserved by health care providers, according to Gizmag.
A urine test involves inserting a strip into a sample and then reading changes in color in each of the ten squares. However, factors such as lighting, volume, and even timing can affect the results and have to be accounted for.
The Stanford Device uses a fat-packed black box that encloses the strip, blocks out light, and thus allows for a reading to take place without it being corrupted. The device also uses a tiered loading system that controls the volume and timing of the samples as they hit each of the ten squares.
The home urine test uses a camera on a smart phone to record the results of the test. The image is then passed along to an app that uses a computer program to create a readout of the test results.
Currently, Stanford has yet to build and test a prototype but is confident that it is on the right track with its design. The home urine test device would make such testing more accessible and patient-centric so that certain diseases can be caught earlier and thus treated more effectively.
Please contact us to learn more about our expertise in Executive Search for Commercial Leadership positions in Medical Device and Biotechnology; including Marketing, Strategy, Sales Leadership, Training, Development, etc. We look forward to the opportunity to help you consistently improve your thinking and your business!
Follow me on Twitter @PrimeCoreSearch.