Sounds like a device from Star Trek
This 20 pound box the size of a toaster can change the way people are diagnosed,instantly detecting “everything from infections, to stress, blood cells, cancer markers,” and even the quality of food. It’s called Microflow.
The device is a miniaturised version of a flow cytometer, which until now were huge machines weighing hundred of pounds. The machine uses lasers and sensors to count cells, sort them, and detect all sorts of biomarkers in a liquid like blood. According to NASA, it works in real time, giving a diagnostic in just ten minutes.
Made by National Optics Institute External of Quebec City, Canada, this version of the Microflow is made to work in space, where the lack of gravity affects the behavior of liquids. In the ISS, the Microflow will help keep astronauts and cosmonauts under close medical control. Since there’s no resident Dr. McCoy (yet), the long duration of the missions makes it impossible for men and women to receive medical diagnostics in orbit. The Microflow will fix that.
via Gizmodo – Jesus Diaz
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