Sterling Medical Devices participated in the development of a blood sample diagnostic analyzer which is used in conjunction with a disposable biochip to determine chemical and/or biological analytes in a fluid sample. The system consists of an analyzer and analyte-specific biochips. It provides the features for device operation, processes input by the user, stores data, and gives indications of device status through visual feedback and coordinates error handling.
Additionally, the system is responsible for providing motor controls for blister burst and camera focus, power and regulating battery use, monitoring sensors like temperature and humidity, and interfacing to the peripherals of the system. The image processing software performs signal processing, image segmentation, analysis-related data collection and results computation.
The project included a research version used to provide complete scripted control of burst motors, camera control and image segmentation. This tool allowed for debugging of the biochip hardware, microfluidics control, and image analysis algorithms.