Health and technology go hand in hand. When you go to see a doctor it is all over the place: the MRI machine, CT scan machine, PET scan, electric cardiogram, EEG, and the list goes on. These machines are essential tools to brining people the best health care possible, but they are expensive and bulky making them almost impossible to carry around. This is often necessary when working in a developing country, which is why smaller or more portable technologies would make bringing health care to everyone easier-those in developed and developing countries.
One new technology that will improve exposure to E. coli is a cell phone-based fluorescent imaging sensor. This sensor was produced by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and may be used to find traces of E. coli in contaminated food or water. This device can be fixed to any cell-phone camera and uses batter-powered light-emitting diodes to detect E. Coli particles present on a capillary surface. According to the article “fewer than 100 E. coli particles can destroy the human kidneys, the cells in the intestinal lining, cause blood clots in the human brain as well as cause paralysis, seizures and respiratory failure.” Although this device will not help health care providers directly, it will decrease the number of people being exposed to E. Coli. This will benefit us in developed and developing countries alike.