3D Printing Helps Smart Phones Detect Anemia

Few things today are as pervasive as the smart phone. Not only are they our cameras, our maps, our personal concierge and our pocket flashlights, but they are now assuming a higher calling as point-of-care (POC) devices. POC devices make it possible to detect health conditions without medical training or specialized equipment, providing a much needed solution for remote regions that lack reliable transportation. To further the cause of early detection and prevention, Dr. Mei He and graduate student Kimberly Plevniak of Kansas State University Olathe have set out to develop a smart phone POC for anemia detection with the help of 3D printing.