Infertility Diagnosis Comes to Your iPad with Microfluidic Chip
Sperm fertility analyzer with iPad (Image from aidmics)
It’s certainly no secret that the movement of medtech out of hospitals and doctors’ offices and into the homes of people is a major trend in the industry. Offering cost savings and convenience, medical device manufacturers seem to be attempting to get as many different types of products and technologies into the house for consumer use, seeing it as an opportunity to increase revenues and enhance the level of healthcare that can be provided effectively in the home.
One of the sectors that seems to reflect this trend with more gusto than others is that of diagnostic technologies. Having FDA approval to put a diagnostic test in the home and sell it at the local pharmacy much in the same way as home pregnancy tests is a fantastic option for consumers as well as a great revenue source for the medical device OEM.
Going a step further in the realm of diagnostic technology is the leveraging of consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets, using the computing power these types of devices are capable of offering, and providing a laboratory-like analysis. These types of devices are being introduced at more of the maker level for now, but it won’t be long before diagnostics that were only occurring in a lab with advanced equipment will be possible in our living rooms.
This type of next generation home diagnostic technology is exactly what a Taiwanese start-up company is attempting to get through the FDA. Aidmics — the name of the fledgling firm — has developed a do-it-yourself home fertility test system that enables men to get an analysis of their sperm. Called the iSperm, the solution couples with an iPad mini via an optimized optical lens and diagnostic testing supplies.
Quantitative microfluidic chips, microstructure-enhanced volume quantification facilitates precise semen sampling (Image Credit: Aidmics)
Following is a video that illustrates exactly how the system is used and further explains the capabilities. Not sure if this solution could be adapted to provide for other diagnostic testing applications, but it’s fascinating to see just how far these solutions have come in such a short period of time.
Source: Medical Design Technology