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Lab-on-DVD: standard DVD drives as a novel laser scanning microscope for image based point of care diagnostics

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We present a novel “Lab-on-DVD” system and demonstrate its capability for rapid and low-cost HIV diagnostics by counting CD4+ cells isolated from whole blood. We show that a commercial DVD drive can, with certain modifications, be turned into an improved DVD-based laser scanning microscope (DVD-LSM). The system consists of a multi-layered disposable polymer disc and a modified commercial DVD reader with rotational control for sample handling, temperature control for optimized bioassay, a photodiode array for detection, and software for signal processing and user interface – all the necessary components required for a truly integrated lab-on-a-chip system, with the capability to deliver high-resolution images down to 1 μm in size. Using discs modified with antibodies, we specifically captured CD4+ cells from whole blood, demonstrating single cell resolution imaging. The novel integrated DVD platform with sub-micron image resolution brings, for the first time, affordable cellular diagnostic testing to the point-of-care and should be readily applicable at resource-limited settings.

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The article was received on 11 Dec 2012, accepted on 01 Feb 2013 and first published on 04 Feb 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3LC41360H
Citation: Lab Chip, 2013,13, 1578-1585
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    Lab-on-DVD: standard DVD drives as a novel laser scanning microscope for image based point of care diagnostics

    H. Ramachandraiah, M. Amasia, J. Cole, P. Sheard, S. Pickhaver, C. Walker, V. Wirta, P. Lexow, R. Lione and A. Russom, Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 1578
    DOI: 10.1039/C3LC41360H

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