'Smart' Tattoos for Glucose Monitoring
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Researchers at the University of Strathclyde and King\'s College London are developing ‘smart\' tattoos, a novel approach to glucose monitoring. These can be injected just under the outer layer of skin and constantly monitor molecular-level changes in gluco
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Introduction/Background
For decades, a simple and convenient way of enabling people with diabetes to monitor their own blood sugar levels has eluded medical science. But now advances in nanometrology – measuring at the nanoscale – are bringing the prospect within reach with ‘smart’ tattoos.


Technology
With support from the EPSRC’s UK Nanoscience Programme, researchers at the University of Strathclyde and King’s College London are developing ‘smart’ tattoos that can be injected just under the outer layer of skin.

Once in place they function like a tiny laboratory, constantly monitoring molecular-level changes in glucose concentrations within the body.


A hand-held device placed close to the skin can collect this information and use it to provide an instant glucose reading. It can be consulted as often as required.


Key Benefits

‘Smart’ tattoos constantly monitor molecular-level changes in glucose levels


Eliminates the need for blood samples


Delivers information non-stop


Extremely accurate, highly sensitive nanoscale device


Markets and Applications


Is applicable to the diabetes monitoring market in the first instance


The technology has the potential to play a major role in many fields of future healthcare provision.

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FEATURED
Last Updated May 2016
Technology Type MEDICAL DEVICE
Phase of Development EARLY STAGE
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