Denmark startup creates a throat swabbing AI to detect COVID-19
Lifeline Robotics develops a throat swabbing robot for COVID-19 testing. This article will discuss the robotic throat swabbing systems that are used in clinical and non-clinical testing.
Clinical testing of medical devices is required for making sure that the devices function well, as well as for safety reasons. The usual testing is done using devices that are worn on the person’s body or inserted into the body via an injection port.
For clinical purposes, the device is connected to a sample collection chamber that has access to blood, saliva, or mouth samples. In the past, there was not much that could’ve been done to preserve oral samples once they were obtained.
These days, though, there are a number of methods that can be used to preserve the samples, even after they have been obtained. If the samples are used for developmental testing, there is the option of sending them through an x-ray machine, for example. Or they can be cleaned up using a technique known as Q-swabbing.
There are a number of different testing devices that are available for use for this purpose. For our purposes, though, we are interested in a throat swabbing robot that is currently being developed by Lifeline Robotics.
The reason for this is that there are so many different types of this type of robot that it would be very difficult to describe all of them here. So we will only be focusing on one of the main ones, and that is the COVID-19 test. Of course, there are several other tests that can be performed using this device, but for our purposes this will be the one that we will discuss here.
The key feature of the COVID-19 throat swabbing robot is that it has a “viewing window” where the dental impression can be viewed. The instrument can detect changes in the sample and change its depth and outline accordingly. As a result, the changes can be measured and plotted as part of the testing.
The uses for the COVID-19 throat swabbing robot are pretty well established. The robot is used in low, medium, and high-level clinical testing. It is also used in simulated dental examinations and in laboratory procedures.
The Lifeline Robotics swabbing robot has been in use for many years, which is almost entirely due to the fact that it has been designed to meet FDA(Food & Drug Administration, USA) standards. So far, there have been no problems with this device. That is reassuring, because it is difficult to know how well devices will react when they are used in clinical situations for the first time.
The COVID-19 throat swabbing robot does not replace the use of the standard swabbing device. Instead, it is being used instead of the swabbing instrument for patients that do not require it.
Because of the COVID-19, it has been specifically designed for specific testing needs, it makes it easy to develop the testing in such a way that it can accommodate more than one type of sample. It can also handle both hard and soft teeth.
So far, the testing has been done on patients that have unique needs, so there is not necessarily a guarantee that the results will be the same for any other patient. Still, the fact that the swabbing equipment works so well makes it worthwhile for patients that are looking for a convenient way to collect a mouth sample, without having to spend hours at the dentist’s or ENT specialist’s office.