Studies from US clinics and hospitals have estimated approximately 7 million annual cases of acute urinary tract infections in the bladder and that 1 in 5 women will develop the infection in their lifetime.
The typical process for a potential patient is to initially contact the local doctor’s office, where simple indicative tests are carried out. If the tests are positive, a urine sample is sent to a central laboratory for more detailed analysis. In many cases treatment with antibiotics starts immediately, rather than waiting for the results from the laboratory analysis, which can take days. This procedure, in some cases, results in unnecessary use of antibiotics adding to the growing bacterial resistance towards commonly used antibiotics.
Unisensor technology has been used for urinalysis and has proven to be capable of identifying relevant objects for the diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections from the analysis of only a few microliters of urine. It is thus a valuable research instrument within urology and has the potential to act as a dedicated point-of-care analyser.
The examples below are the results of an analysis by oCelloScope™:
Infected urine sample with high concentration of bacteria and leukocytes
Large Epithelial cell in urine
Crystals in urine sample
Erythrocytes in urine