Chemists at the University of Pittsburgh have come up with a medical invention that may be available to citizens very soon. This new invention, known as the “Diabetes Breathalyzer” is a device that would be used to diagnose and monitor those with diabetes, as well as create a large stepping stone in the medical field.
The chemists use a “sol-gel approach,” which is “a method for using small molecules to produce solid materials,” and “combined titanium dioxide with carbon nanotubes” (Science Daily).
Using these elements successfully, the properties of the tubes as well at the powers of the titanium dioxide were combined. With the ability to use the powers of the titanium dioxide, the sensor could be activated. One of the chemists, Alexander Star, stated that “Our measurements have excellent detection capabilities.” The group hopes to test the device with human breath samples soon.
The continual growth of the medical field and chemistry has gone hand in hand for as long as I can remember. Currently, the only way to test and diagnose diabetes is through blood tests, at the doctor’s and at home. With the advancement of this new device, testing and results could be quicker, and much more convenient for both doctors and patients (especially those who aren’t fans of needles).
Along with the added convenience the lower price is an added bonus, especially in our current economic situation.
Management in clinical diagnostic fields are frequently involved in cost analysis of new procedures due to the constantly changing science and technology. Also due to the health care organization especially the diagnostic division being tightly regulated by accreditation and regulatory bodies bringing a new procedure in-house requires in depth analysis prior to an any decision being taken. Cost ...
Although this isn’t necessarily an “issue” in chemistry and more of an “improvement,” the subject improves what some would find to be an issue. Like I stated earlier, some of the current methods are inconvenient and expensive, so this device would bring ease to some of those with diabetes. I also found this article to be very interesting, because I often forget how important chemistry is in things that effect daily lives. Chemists are those who give us the ability to live longer and healthier lives with advanced medicine and technology.