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New Rapid Laser Testing Technology Identifies Coronavirus as Soon as Blood Cells Are Infected

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 22 May 2020
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Image: New Rapid Laser Testing Technology Identifies Coronavirus as Soon as Blood Cells Are Infected (Photo courtesy of AETOSWire)
Image: New Rapid Laser Testing Technology Identifies Coronavirus as Soon as Blood Cells Are Infected (Photo courtesy of AETOSWire)
A new diagnostic system based on laser beam technology can identify the coronavirus as soon as the blood cells are infected by using a camera to detect morphological changes in them.

The technology, developed by QuantLase Imaging Lab, the medical-research arm of International Holdings Company (Abu Dhabi, UAE), enables for much faster mass screenings, with test results available in seconds and allowing testing on a wider scale. The breakthrough could enable ‘mass-scale screening’, changing the whole dimension of tracing. The diagnostic system combines the use of a CMOS detector with artificial intelligence (AI) image-analysis model which predicts the outcome of each image with precision, speed and scale.

“The equipment, which uses a CMOS detector, will enable mass-scale screening with results made available in seconds,” said Dr. Pramod Kumar, who is leading the team of researchers at the lab which has been studying the change in cell structure of the virus-infected blood. “In fact, our laser-based DPI (Diffractive Phase Interferometry) technique, based on optical-phase modulation, is able to give a signature of infection within a few seconds. What’s more, it is user-friendly, non-invasive and low-cost. We believe it will be a game-changer in tackling the spread of the coronavirus.”

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