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UAE develops COVID-19 laser testing technology that gives result in seconds

As the coronavirus disease continue to spread, innovative technology applications and initiatives are also multiplying in an attempt to control the health crisis. This aim to replace the current swab and blood tests that take several hours to process the test result.

QuantLase Imaging Lab, the medical-research arm of International Holding Company, IHC in UAE introduced a new rapid laser testing technology which enables for much faster mass screenings with test results available in seconds.

      The UAE team working on rapid testing. Photo Source: WAM

"We are always following innovations related to the early and rapid detection of COVID–19. The government is keen on supporting initiatives that help the healthcare system in the UAE. Health officials have been closely monitoring the progress of trials with QuantLase in order to test this equipment. We are proud to see a technology that works and that will help to protect our people better.", Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention said as quoted at WAM reports.

"The equipment, which uses a CMOS detector, will enable mass-scale screening with results made available in seconds," Dr Pramod Kumar, team leader of the research claimed.

"In fact, our laser-based DPI (Diffractive Phase Interferometry) technique, based on optical-phase modulation, is able to give a signature of infection within a few seconds. What’s more, it is user-friendly, non-invasive and low-cost. The device is suitable for use not only in hospitals and public places like cinemas and shopping malls, but with a ‘little hands-on training’ it can be used for in-house testing and monitoring. We believe it will be a game-changer in tackling the spread of the coronavirus," he added.

Kumar expressed hope that the lab would be able to roll out the production in the market in a few months.

As of the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of coronavirus cases across the world has risen to 4,629,503 while the death toll are at 297,360. 

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