Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang, a distinguished professor at the University of Notre Dame, is working on using microfluidic technology in order to create a hand held device that can quickly detect pathogens in blood and toxins in food and water.

He visualizes the device being used to diagnose disease pathology in developing counties, as well as in city hospitals.

Dr. Chang’s current iteration of the device is being programmed to detect the DNA of bacteria and viruses that cause specific disease pathologies.  Just one of the many obvious uses for this type of device would be in the public health arena for the developing world in order to monitor for signs of Vibro Cholera in drinking water.

Continue on to see a feature video done by Notre Dame on the mobile diagnostic device.

From the video it appears another goal of the mobile diagnostic device is to make it inexpensive so developing countries can use it for public health measures. The device and video were featured during the Notre Dame and Michigan college football game this past weekend.

Source: Notre Dame Health care