Delhi

Now, a diagnostic lab in your phone

Portable device can conduct dozens of tests with accuracy

A recent report by an IIT-Delhi professor has unveiled a portable device that can read dozens of diagnostic test strips with a 99.12% correlation as compared to lab-grade scanners.

Developed by a Bangalore-based medical diagnostic firm, Inito, the small and portable ₹3,000 device has achieved the performance of a ₹3 lakh bulky lab reader.

“The device allows access to diagnostic labs right in people’s home. Smartphone ownership in India is growing rapidly and now anyone with a smartphone can monitor there body in a few simple steps,” said Dr. Satish Dubey, Instrument Design Centre, IIT-Delhi.

Mr. Dubey’s report states that the device uses a patent-pending imaging technology called ‘flat lens’, which allows the device, paired with a smartphone, to conduct dozens of diagnostic tests.

The first test that Inito has launched is a Fertility Monitor, targeted at couples trying to have a baby. Tests to check diabetes, thyroid and vitamin D level will soon be added to the device.

Varun A.V., co-founder of Inito, said: “Reliability is one of the most important attributes of a medical device. Achieving the performance of strip readers that are 100 times more expensive and 10x bulkier in a small and portable form factor like Inito is a proof of the cutting-edge technology that Inito has built.” The device, priced at ₹3,195, is currently available online and will be sold from pharmacies soon.

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