A new, one-minute diabetes screening system could be the future of diabetes testing. The device uses a novel system of light to detect particular biomarkers found in the skin. The device has been tested before, and apparently outperforms the established diabetes tests such as the FPG (fasting plasma glucose) and A1C test. Both speedy and non-invasive, the test is due to be previewed at the ADA annual meeting.
The device, known as Scout DS™, has been manufactured by Veralight Inc. of New Mexico . Weighing just 10 pounds, the device doesn’t need anything apart from a small area of skin on which to focus. In this manner, the device detects abnormalities in the concentration of glycation endproducts. VeraLight plan to launch into the US market in 2008.
One clinical investigator, Timothy Lyons, reportedly commented: “Considering its excellent speed, convenience and sensitivity, the Scout DS may be ideally suited to detect the more than 70 million individuals worldwide who have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. VeraLight’s diabetes screening technology represents a critical response to the worldwide diabetes epidemic, making screening more accurate and accessible to everyone at risk for this devastating disease.”

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