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New 3D Electrode Format May Improve Glucose Monitoring
- December 26, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
For most people suffering from some form of diabetes, the need to constantly donate blood from their fingers is not the most pleasant procedure – that's why many development teams are actively working on new non-invasive monitoring systems for monitoring blood sugar levels, which are often created in the form of patches or patches attached to the skin of the patient. However, a different kind of problem arises here – most of these developments, despite their effectiveness, turn out to be too expensive for mass production and use. And just for this, a team of specialists from Washington State University decided to change the nature of this problem.
They created their own prototype of such a non-invasive monitoring tool-patch in the form of an electrode system using a process called “direct ink” – this is a special 3D printing process where special inks containing highly conductive carbon-enzyme electrodes are applied to a paper substrate. This process is characterized primarily by the ability to lay these electrodes exactly as it is necessary in each particular case, which allows avoiding unnecessary waste of materials and resources, on the one hand, and guarantees the possibility of creating individual blood sugar monitoring systems.
Diabetic patient doing glucose level blood test using ultra mini glucometer and small drop of blood from finger and test strips isolated on a white background. Device shows 115 mg / dL which is normal
This approach in 3D printing has been tested for about two years and for all this time showed really remarkable results – however, it has not been used until now in the field of applied medicine and the creation of medical instruments and devices. As you can see, the process has a promising character.
It is worth noting that for most patients with diabetes mellitus, the use of this non-invasive drug is a real salvation from the routine of donating blood – especially for those who already can not stand injections and other related things. In addition, specialists intend to further improve and complement their concept, which promises to be one of the best in its segment.