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Every new mother needs an anemia test, but they are expensive
In India, 40% of pregnancy-related deaths are related to anemia. An anemia screening is a standard blood test recommended for every woman, but the test can cost up to half a day's wage to administer. As a result, many women don't get screened.
Solution: Find a cheaper, non-invasive way to measure hemoglobin
Since hemoglobin is a pigment, it can be detected through a non-invasive process called photoplethysmography, that shines various wavelengths of light through the finger. An Indian engineer has developed a process that can conduct this test for a fraction of the cost of a blood draw. This new device is a ring-like object worn on the patient's index finger, and connected to a palm-sized monitor.
- Mumbai Mirror | Thane Engineer Invents No-Needle, Cheap Blood Test