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New Portable Germ Device at WSU

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An advancement in the medical field technology used to decrease diagnosis time and eliminate travel from rural areas into a hospital.

The idea of testing in the field or at home is called Point of Care.

It's to see whether or not you really need to go to the doctor.

Washington State University has made unique devices for this to happen.

Assistant Professor Lei Li explains how it works, "put the plate into the device then put your phone or smart phone on this holder and take a picture."

Send that picture to your doctor and get a diagnosis.

The larger device can hold around ninety samples perfect for a traveling lab technician in remote areas. Or the portable one can fit in your backpack.

PhD student Yu-ChungChang explained to us that the portable device is made up of a flashlight and DVD discs. He said their goal to shorten the turn around time for test results.

So by the time you get to the hospital, you'll have the results and medical staff will know how best to treat you.

A traditional device weighs around twenty pounds and cost fifteen thousand dollars.

The device they created costs around $20.00 and weighs less than twenty pounds.

"Instead of waiting weeks for a device to be manufactured we can have an idea give it a try and have the device pumbed out in a few hours," said ChungChang.

Yu-ChungChang and Professor Li say we could be seeing this kind of technology in other fields used to test water quality or plant pesticide.

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