Using Ultrasound to Aggregate Cells to Make them Visible for Noninvasive Diagnosis of Meningitis

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Abstract
Researchers at Purdue University have proposed a non-invasive method to diagnose bacterial meningitis in children. Bacterial meningitis is an infection that can be particularly grave for children and can lead to neurologic defects, learning disabilities and even death. The current method to diagnose meningitis involves a spinal tap or lumbar puncture to collect white blood cells, a method that is invasive, painful, and expensive. The lumbar procedure is not only a cause of stress & discomfort for the child, but it also imposes a significant cost burden. The Purdue researchers’ method uses ultrasound systems to generate waves lower than 300 kHz for aggregating and focusing white blood cells in cerebrospinal fluid. This method is non-invasive and painless. Advantages: – Non-invasive – Painless Applications: – Diagnostic detection of bacterial meningitis

Contact Information

Name: Patrick W Finnerty

Email: pwfinnerty@prf.org

Phone: 765-269-4080