UTA Professor Invents Breath Monitor To Detect Flu

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a revolutionary device that makes it possible to diagnose flu cases at home.

University of Texas Arlington Professor, Dr. Perena Gouma, invented a flu breathalyzer.

“I think it’s going to save a lot of people a lot of trouble, and a lot of money,” says Dr. Gouma. “Now, someone has to go to the doctor’s office, and the virus can infect other people. It might be an unnecessary visit if they don’t have the flu.”

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center ER Physician Ashkan Bidgoli says the method to diagnose the flu virus takes around half an hour.

“Right now basically we’re using a nasal swab to detect the flu in all ages,” says Dr. Bidgoli. “It can be uncomfortable and cumbersome, especially for younger kids.”

With the breathalyzer, sensors (smaller than a grain of rice) zero in on a chemical in the breath. Dr. Gouma says it can pinpoint the virus in just milliseconds.

Earlier detection could mean a shorter flu cycle.

Clinical trials still have to be done, but the hope is for the breathalyzer to eventually be available in drugstores, and to the public.


One Comment

  1. Brian Smyth says:

    My congestion, sore throat and body ache can usually detect it quicker.

  2. My Dog can do that Now!!!!

  3. How about a breathalyzer to detect liberalism.

  4. I can see it now,… in addition to dui check points we will now have flu check points. Oh,… you have the flu,… now we must give you this fake mercury filled flu vaccine. No insurance,… we will have to give you a ticket for that. When you go before the judge you better have one of these insanely expensive and just as insanely useless bath house barry care plans. Since you are currently uninsured that 5 dollar syringe full of mercury will cost you a grand,…
    Isnt liberalism great,….

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