Medical technology involves the application of technological advancements in healthcare. Over the years, advancements in technology have led to the creation of medical devices that have either increased the quality of life of individuals or helped in the diagnosis and treatment of several medical conditions. Now, the trending topic in the medical community is that selfie cameras may be the next big medical devices in the industry as they can be used to detect blood pressure levels.
Mobile Phones To Be The New Blood Pressure Monitors
If you’ve ever had a problem with your heart, you’ll know that monitoring your blood pressure is one key factor that can influence your health and prevent a stroke or even sudden death. Regular blood pressure tests are key to maintaining heart health. Instead of using the regular cuff based devices to detect abnormalities in the heart, researchers have suggested that transdermal optical imaging is more accurate.
According to a research team from the Chinese Hangzhou Normal University, and the University of Toronto, selfie videos can be used for transdermal imaging. The method simply tracks the pattern of blood flow in a person’s skin using the optical sensors on the selfie camera. Optical sensors can assess how ambient light reflects on and penetrates the skin. This is something that changes when the individual’s blood pressure is high.
The researchers believe that this method is a faster and more convenient way of testing a person’s blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease in the United States. The study involved 1,328 participants and it is considered as highly accurate. The researchers asked the participants to record themselves for 2 minutes. At the same time, the researchers used the traditional method of checking blood pressure.
The researchers insist that more studies need to be done to confirm the authenticity of this method. However, they concluded that it would help in situations where the regular medical devices for testing blood pressure aren’t available.