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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Year Degree Awarded

2016

Month Degree Awarded

February

First Advisor

Christopher D. Salthouse

Second Advisor

Paul Siqueira

Third Advisor

Wayne P. Burleson

Fourth Advisor

Sam R. Nugen

Subject Categories

Biomedical | Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation | Other Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

Existing disease screening methods mostly rely on symptom based diagnosis. This is mainly because of lack of accessibility and cost associated with the tests. Testing for the presence of the disease after the onset of symptoms has a negative impact on chances of survival and treatment costs.

Miniaturized low cost diagnostic devices that can be used outside the hospital setting can provide continuous health monitoring and aid in early diagnosis. This thesis presents techniques to develop such disease screening and health monitoring devices. The techniques presented here focus on medical devices that can benefit from microfluidic devices, fluorescence imaging, and antibody testing.

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