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Rapid diagnosis of diseases with novel blood test

Novel blood test could lead to a faster and more accurate start of therapies

Real-Time Deformability Cytometry (RT-DC) in action
Real-Time Deformability Cytometry (RT-DC) in action. The artistic rendering of the microscopic view into the measurement chip shows the trajectories of many individual blood cells flowing from right to left. When encountering sheath flows from top and bottom, they widen to form a “heart” before entering the narrow measurement channel on the left, where the appearance and deformation of the cells are being analysed. © Daniel Klaue/ZELLMECHANIK DRESDEN GmbH

Prof. Dr. Jochen Guck, together with medical colleagues from the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden and partnering institutes from Dresden, Cambridge (UK), Glasgow (UK), and Stockholm (Sweden) use a technique called “real-time deformability cytometry” to screen thousands of cells in a drop of blood for unusual appearance and deformability in a matter of minutes. This novel blood test promises to speed up the correct diagnosis of many disease conditions including leukaemia, malaria, bacterial or viral infections, which in turn can lead to a faster and more accurate start of therapy.

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