Bacterial infections may soon be diagnosed by thermometers

Visits to the doctor could one day become a thing of the past following the news that one of the world’s leading inventors has patented a device that instantly recognises specific bacteria as well as offering an equally prompt diagnosis.

The device, which bears a striking resemblance to a traditional thermometer, is the brainchild of Donald Spector, who is Chairman Emeritus of New York College of Health Professions.

Potentially his finest invention

Spector’s body of work extends way beyond the medical industry but his latest invention has the potential to be his best, and most influential, yet.

His device, which was issued with a US patent number last week, is remarkable in its apparent simplicity — even though it is far from simple.

The thermometer-like structure traps cells, which are then captured by a microscopic camera. The images are instantly forwarded on to databases for detailed analysis.

The confirmation stage

It is at this stage that the specific type of bacteria is confirmed, and the results are then transmitted back to the device, where they are visible via thin film technology.

Spector has patented hundreds of successful inventions and collaborated with a number of global companies, including Mattel, Faberge and Remington.

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