Deep learning and holography create a better point-of-care sensor

Deep learning and holography create a better point-of-care sensor

Deep learning-based holographic point-of-care sensor

Agglutination assays are widely used immunological sensors based on antigen-antibody interactions that result in clumping of antibody-coated microscopic particles. Once the sample—for example, a patient’s serum—is introduced, the corresponding target antigens in the sample rapidly attach to the antibody binding sites and the particles start to form clusters due to the target antigen’s capability of binding to different sites simultaneously. The level of clustering among the particles is indicative of the amount of antigen present in a sample. These particle-based sensors have been used to test for antigens in a number of bodily fluids, and to diagnose a wide range of diseases. Its major advantages in point-of-care diagnostics include short reaction time, low sample volume, low-cost, and high specificity. One of the barriers to its wider adoption lies in the assay’s low sensitivity and lack of quantitative measurements.

The efficacy of this deep learning-enabled point-of-care sensor was demonstrated by accurately measuring C-reactive protein concentration in human serum samples. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a general biomarker produced by the liver in response to inflammation within the body and is commonly used as an indicator of myocardial dysfunction and heart failure. Tested on various serum samples from unique patients, this computational sensor was able to accurately measure the concentration of CRP within the high-sensitivity range, spanning 0-10µg/mL. Importantly, this mobile sensor was also able to successfully detect very high CRP concentrations, far exceeding 10µg/mL, which is in general difficult for other sensors to measure due to their limited dynamic range of analyte concentration. This mobile, deep learning-enabled holographic sensor is highly accurate and cost-effective, which makes it ideal for a variety of point-of-care related diagnostics applications.

Yi Luo et al. “Quantitative particle agglutination assay for point-of-care testing using mobile holographic imaging and deep learning”, Lab on a Chip (2021). DOI: 10.1039/d1lc00467k

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