Chemical analysis: Now possible using a device inspired from sonic screwdriver

Medical technology success seems endless looking at the current situation. It is a field filled with surprises. Even the researchers can get encouraged from the series such as “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” to develop medical devices.

Currently, the researcher from The Australian National University Dr. Marcus Doherty, Ph.D. student Michael Barson, and a group of researchers have made a new device looking at the sonic screwdriver in the series. The device is powered using the MRI and mass spectrometry in order to perform chemical analysis of the objects.

Science fiction device “sonic screwdriver” in the Doctor Who series was used to identify and scan matter and the multi-purpose tricorder in Star Trek helps provide a brief analysis of the living things. Looking at the multi-purpose device, the scientists thought about developing a new one to perform the similar function. The device was created based on the diamond quantum.

According to Dr. Doherty, the hospitals or laboratories will be able to perform chemical analyses without any complexity at an affordable price and with great ease. This device can be used to weigh and identify certain complex molecules such as proteins which help identify diseases such as cancer and also find a cure for the diseases. This revolutionary device will help resolve the problems arising in the environmental, biosecurity, and medical research.

In this device, the mass spectrometry helps measure the mass in the sample and the medical imaging technology, that is, the MRI identifies the chemical composition of the molecules in the sample. It basically measures the mass and chemical composition based on the defects in the diamond and the quantum techniques taken from the gravitational wave detectors and atomic clocks. When the molecule attaches to the diamond device a change in its mass occurs which changes its frequency and this frequency is what is measured by the defects in the diamond in case of the mass spectrometry. For the MRI, the magnetic fields in the molecule are supposed to affect the defects in the diamond.

Looks like, the “sonic screwdriver” is going to be the next big thing in real like they were in the TV series.

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