A smartphone dongle for diagnosis of infectious diseases at the point of care.

Overview of attention for article published in Science Translational Medicine, February 2015
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82 news outlets
blogs
14 blogs
twitter
367 tweeters
weibo
2 weibo users
facebook
33 Facebook pages
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4 Google+ users
reddit
2 Redditors

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239 Mendeley
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2 CiteULike
Title
A smartphone dongle for diagnosis of infectious diseases at the point of care.
Published in
Science Translational Medicine, February 2015
DOI 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa0056
Pubmed ID
Authors

Tassaneewan Laksanasopin, Tiffany W. Guo, Samiksha Nayak, Archana A. Sridhara, Shi Xie, Owolabi O. Olowookere, Paolo Cadinu, Fanxing Meng, Natalie H. Chee, Jiyoon Kim, Curtis D. Chin, Elisaphane Munyazesa, Placidie Mugwaneza, Alex J. Rai, Veronicah Mugisha, Arnold R. Castro, David Steinmiller, Vincent Linder, Jessica E. Justman, Sabin Nsanzimana, Samuel K. Sia

Abstract

This work demonstrates that a full laboratory-quality immunoassay can be run on a smartphone accessory. This low-cost dongle replicates all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a laboratory-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) without requiring any stored energy; all necessary power is drawn from a smartphone. Rwandan health care workers used the dongle to test whole blood obtained via fingerprick from 96 patients enrolling into care at prevention of mother-to-child transmission clinics or voluntary counseling and testing centers. The dongle performed a triplexed immunoassay not currently available in a single test format: HIV antibody, treponemal-specific antibody for syphilis, and nontreponemal antibody for active syphilis infection. In a blinded experiment, health care workers obtained diagnostic results in 15 min from our triplex test that rivaled the gold standard of laboratory-based HIV ELISA and rapid plasma reagin (a screening test for syphilis), with sensitivity of 92 to 100% and specificity of 79 to 100%, consistent with needs of current clinical algorithms. Patient preference for the dongle was 97% compared to laboratory-based tests, with most pointing to the convenience of obtaining quick results with a single fingerprick. This work suggests that coupling microfluidics with recent advances in consumer electronics can make certain laboratory-based diagnostics accessible to almost any population with access to smartphones.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Switzerland 3 1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 233 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 10%
Researcher 14 6%
Student > Master 13 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 4%
Other 7 3%
Other 12 5%
Unknown 159 67%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 35 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 4%
Physics and Astronomy 5 2%
Chemistry 5 2%
Other 14 6%
Unknown 159 67%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1006. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 October 2016.
All research outputs
#1,277
of 7,307,631 outputs
Outputs from Science Translational Medicine
#9
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Outputs of similar age
#66
of 232,906 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science Translational Medicine
#2
of 95 outputs
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