Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Green light for tricorder to help docs

Dr. 'Bones' McCoy
Dr. 'Bones' McCoy

UK scientists have been given a £3m Government grant to develop a real-life version of the Star Trek "tricorder" used by starship doctor Leonard McCoy to check the crew's health.

Over a period of four years, the team hopes to build a hand-held device that can diagnose a multitude of conditions.

The "multicorder" will house a selection of custom-made sensors designed to detect around 100 markers in blood or saliva.

Project leader Professor David Cumming, from the University of Glasgow's School of Engineering, said: "What we're hoping is that we'll be able to replicate the capabilities of a whole lab in a single handheld device, making it much easier for doctors, paramedics and other medical professionals to make effective diagnoses."

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