Diagnostic Development Unit Is A Star Trek-Style Sick Bay Bed

Diagnostic Development Unit Is A Star Trek-Style Sick Bay Bed

Researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK create a non-invasive disease detection facility.

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 september 2011

This Diagnostic Development Unit (DDU) is the result of an inter-college project at the University of Leicester, UK. It has been developed for use in Leicester Royal Infirmary’s A&E department. Designed to detect the ‘sight, smell and feel’ of disease, it does so without the use of invasive probes, blood tests, or other time-consuming and uncomfortable procedures. The £1m high-tech diagnostic unit, which uses space-age technology, would be able to diagnose a range of illnesses using monitors and imaging systems.

The DDU features multi-spectral, hyper-spectral and thermal imagers, which can detect signs of disease on the surface of the human body, like subtle changes in skin color. Other technologies such as a real-time mass spectrometer and nitric oxide analyzer can examine the gases in a patient’s breath. The third set of medical instruments include a blood flow monitor, oxygenation monitor and ECG to measure blood circulation and heart activity in real-time. This video shows Professor Tim Coats discussing the DDU:


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