Accurate analysis of microliter blood samples can improve patient care during medical testing and forensics.
Patients can suffer from anemia due to the larger volume required for blood tests, 7 milliliters per vial.
Attempts at analysis of nanoliter blood samples by Theranos have systematic errors > 10%, higher than medically acceptable thresholds.
Our research aims to analyze composition of microliters of blood.
This research investigates accuracy of analyzing blood via HemaDropTM, a patented technique to create a Homogenous Thin Solid Film (HTSF) on super-hydrophilic and hyper-hydrophilic surfaces with 5 microliter droplets of blood.
To investigate HemaDropTM’s accuracy, Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) is conducted on dried blood spots (DBS) and HTSFs from congealed blood drops on HemaDropTM-treated samples.
HTSFs are observed via optical microscopy to compare uniformity, precipitation, and phase separation.
DBSs and HTSFs are compared via optical microscopy for canine blood and human blood.