Can we manufacture diagnostic test strips using an Inkjet printer?

Nicholas Frazzette, Jennifer Dobson, Arwa Mukhtar, Bridget Burt, Janak Jethva, James Adair, Khanjan Mehta

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Abstract

Developing countries face an increasing double disease burden of chronic health conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes alongside traditional communicable diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Rural patients often cannot afford to visit established medical centers because of the cost or time associated with travel. Poor education and social stigma prevent patients from seeking medical attention or getting tested for curable illnesses. Access to affordable and accessible tools for screening and diagnosis of common illnesses can greatly reduce the strain on fledgling health care systems. This article provides a proof-of-concept for manufacturing dipstick test strips that can be used for a variety of screening tests including diabetes and urinary tract infections. By repurposing a traditional, piezo inkjet printer with chemically active solutions that match the fluid properties of traditional printer ink, test strips can be printed in a just-in-time manner in low-resource settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages431-436
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467365611
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2015
Event5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2015Oct 11 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015

Other

Other5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period10/8/1510/11/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Development
  • Education

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    Frazzette, N., Dobson, J., Mukhtar, A., Burt, B., Jethva, J., Adair, J., & Mehta, K. (2015). Can we manufacture diagnostic test strips using an Inkjet printer? In Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015 (pp. 431-436). [7344008] (Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2015). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/GHTC.2015.7344008