Sweat Scanner [cystic fibrosis scanner]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Undergraduate student
Date created: 
2017-04
Identifier: 
ENSC405041
Keywords: 
ENSC 405W
ENSC 440
Cystic fibrosis
Diagnosis
Screening
Abstract: 

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is diagnosed by a sweat test and genetic testing. The sweat test is considered the gold standard for screening for CF due to its distinct symptom of five times the normal amount of sodium and chloride in patient’s sweat. This test involves inducing a sweat and sending the results to a lab for further analysis. This is an unrealistic standard for developing countries as the current infrastructure is not available to send lab samples from all the newborns to the lab.

 

Our Sweat Scanner has two major objectives. One is to create a user friendly and real time medical device that can be used to detect the amount of sodium and chloride that exists within a patient’s sweat in a non-invasive manner. The other goal is to provide an affordable and reliable screening test for CF in third countries. The product will be carefully designed in such a way that it is easy to use by any individual and will be able to provide consistent and accurate measurements of sodium and chloride content to provide reliable testing result. With the technology, CFTR solutions believes that we can help to fight cystic fibrosis.

Description: 

Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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