Letourneau professor inventing life-saving device
POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:44pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — A professor at Letourneau University is using the biosensors to invent a product that could change the medical field forever.
Dr. Seung Kim is inventing a portable device to test blood for diseases such as cancer, anytime, anywhere in the world.
The most important component of Kim's device is it will allow for early detection of diseases. Early detection increases the survival rate of cancer and other diseases significantly. Instead of having to send blood samples to a lab and wait for results, the device will allow blood tests to be conducted in patient's homes or at the doctor's office. Results will be available quickly and patients will be able to continuously test themselves to monitor their health.
Kim says the device will have a worldwide impact.
"You can carry it around and considering the third world countries..they may not have enough resources to use to even diagnose such kind of diseases..so we can send it to them..and they can use it and be benefited for that."
Kim is currently working with students as research assistants. Robin Kim says working on something like this is inspiring.
"It''s an honor to become part of something like this. According to a recent statistic 40 percent of adults have some kind of cancer throughout their life. But, if the cancer is detected early they have an 85 percent survival rate..so that's what the biosensor is about..early detection..this will be able to affect millions of people all over the world..so it's pretty awesome being part of that."