Lensless microscopy detects meningitis
Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research
Published : 1 April 2018
In research conducted at La Timone University Medical Center in Marseille, scientists from Leti completed proof-of-concept testing on technique that uses a lensless microscope to diagnose meningitis. The technique, tested on more than 300 samples, was demonstrated to be just as reliable as and much faster than the current technique, which entails visual counting on an ordinary lab microscope.
Any suspected case of meningitis is a medical emergency. The illness killed 53 people in France in 2015. To be diagnosed, patients must undergo a spinal tap to collect cerebrospinal fluid. Leti’s technique, which is protected by 25 patents, delivers an automated, non-operator-dependent analysis of the samples collected from patients.
Now that the proof-of-concept testing has been completed, the researchers will make improvements to the analysis method and the red- and white-cell counting algorithm.