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The 2019 Mustafa(pbuh) Prize laureate, Mohammad Abdolahad, along with his research team, has recently developed a novel electrotechnical diagnosis system for fast screening of COVID-19.

Mustafa(pbuh) Prize laureate develops diagnosis system for fast screening of COVID-19

MSTF Media reports:

This diagnosis system, which is based on an early tracing of reactive oxygen species (ROS) overproduction is delineated in a paper, published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics Journal.

They designed a simple electrochemical sensor, which selectively detects "the intensity of ROS in the sputum sample (with a volume of less than 500 μl)."

The sensor that was tested in more than four hospitals sheds promising lights in ROS based real-time tracking of COVID-19 from the sputum sample.

Abdolahad, associate professor at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, said, "this system is not designed solely for detecting COVID-19; rather it can be used to diagnose lung diseases such as asthma or tuberculosis. These diseases cause changes in the patient's sputum that can be traced using this system."

"This system can be used for early diagnosis of Coronavirus. In fact, if the system detects a person suspicious of COVID-19, they should have further tests. This system is suitable for mass monitoring to detect asymptomatic COVID-19 patients," he added.

"The functional similarities between COVID-19 and COVID-2 in inducing acute respiratory syndrome lightened our mind to find a diagnostic mechanism based on early traces of mitochondrial ROS overproduction as lung cells’ dysfunctions induced by the virus," they wrote in the paper.⠀

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