Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Bath have developed a fiber-optic device to detect potentially fatal lung conditions in intensive care patients. Its sensors will also continuously monitor blood in critically ill adults and babies with out the need for blood sampling.
The microscopic probe will detect and monitor up to 20 signs of disease in people on breathing support. Infections, inflammation and scarring will be picked up by the probe, which is designed to be passed into the lungs and blood vessels.
Researchers hope that the probe will also help in the diagnosis of acute urinary, gastrointestinal and reproductive tract problems.