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Finding blood clots before they wreak havoc

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Simple urine test developed by MIT engineers uses nanotechnology to detect dangerous blood clotting.Life-threatening blood clots can form in anyone who sits on a plane for a long time, is confined to bed while recovering from surgery, or takes certain medications.

There is no fast and easy way to diagnose these clots, which often remain undetected until they break free and cause a stroke or heart attack. However, new technology from MIT may soon change that: A team of engineers has developed a way to detect blood clots using a simple urine test. Read more... 

Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT