A rapid and chemical-free hemoglobin assay with photothermal angular light scattering

Uihan Kim, Jaewoo Song, Suho Ryu, Soocheol Kim, Chulmin Joo

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Photo-thermal angular light scattering (PT-AS) is a novel optical method for measuring the hemoglobin concentration ([Hb]) of blood samples. On the basis of the intrinsic photothermal response of hemoglobin molecules, the sensor enables high-sensitivity, chemical-free measurement of [Hb]. [Hb] detection capability with a limit of 0.12 g/dl over the range of 0.35 - 17.9 g/dl has been demonstrated previously. The method can be readily implemented using inexpensive consumer electronic devices such as a laser pointer and a webcam. The use of a micro-capillary tube as a blood container also enables the hemoglobin assay with a nanoliter-scale blood volume and a low operating cost. Here, detailed instructions for the PT-AS optical setup and signal processing procedures are presented. Experimental protocols and representative results for blood samples in anemic conditions ([Hb] = 5.3, 7.5, and 9.9 g/dl) are also provided, and the measurements are compared with those from a hematology analyzer. Its simplicity in implementation and operation should enable its wide adoption in clinical laboratories and resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere55006
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number118
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 7

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the research programs of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (NRF-2015R1A1A1A05001548 and NRF-2015R1A5A1037668).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Journal of Visualized Experiments.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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