November 10, 2009

FTNW: Implantable Glucose Sensor Research

Researchers are developing a tiny implantable wireless device to monitor blood glucose levels. (PhysOrg.com)

It still way off in the future.

A team of researchers in chemistry, pharmaceutics, and engineering is developing a long term implantable biosensor that could dramatically change the way of life for millions of people diagnosed with diabetes.

Prototypes of the device are smaller than a grain of rice yet embedded with an array of highly sensitive, microscopic electronic chips, sensors, and transmitters.

The device would be injected into a diabetic patient subcutaneously using a hypodermic needle. Patients would then wear a special watch-like monitor that would receive transmissions from the sensor so they could track their blood sugar level throughout the day.

http://www.physorg.com/news177018067.html