London: There is good news for airpassengers who are at high risk of fatal blood clots duringlong haul flights. European scientists are now developing a computerisedplastic strip that could assess the risk of the condition --known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -- through a simple bloodtest among flyers.
"Electronic systems have to be produced in largequantities, in a cost-effective manner on large substrates.And with polymer electronics, this would be perfectlypossible," he added. Ten leading European research institutes and high techfirms are currently working on the engineering of thediagnostic systems for DVT. They are also developing a sensor wristband that couldprovide long-term monitoring of various important bodyfunctions for older patients and athletes. It is like a plastic wristwatch, but instead of a clockdial, the sensor wristband is equipped with an illuminated`electroluminescent display; that indicates for example theactual body temperature at any time of the day. It also detects skin moisture, which may be a sign forthe dehydration of the patient or athlete, said the scientist. PTI
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