Seoul, May 7 (Korea Bizwire) - A smartphone application that enables users to self-administer a urine test, which is the rudimentary stage of a medical checkup, has been developed.
The research team of Professor Chang Byeong-yong of Bukyung University in Busan announced on May 6 that they have succeeded in developing an application that tests urine samples.
The app will immediately analyze and show the urinal test results in 12 categories including blood sugar level, red blood cells, white blood cells, vitamins, and serum, when a picture of urine-soaked test paper, which can be easily purchased in pharmaceutical firms, is uploaded.
The user can readily see his health status since the self-testing app will indicate the status in four degrees of danger level, from normal to danger levels one to three, with specific figures and an automatic feature of saving the data.
The app will allow the user to save significant amount of time and money in medical checkups, since the test papers, which only cost a few cents each, are now all that is needed for a urine test. Furthermore, the medical app’s color correction technology enables the test to be conducted anytime anyplace, regardless of the weather, time or place.
The test results from the application are proved to be not much different from that of the high-priced analytical equipment. Such research results of the application are well introduced in the journal article “Development of smartphone-based multi-material color sensor,” which is published in the May edition of “Lab on a Chip,” an international science citation index journal.
Nevertheless, the application is not open for public download as yet, as the current law categorizes handsets with the software as medical equipment, which could only be permitted to use under authorization and otherwise illegal.
Professor Chang said, “We developed this application so that people can conveniently and inexpensively self-administer a urine test, which can check several health indicators. The application will be open to public free of charge once the complications regarding the restrictions in law are cleared up.”
Written by J. H. Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)