Blood Lead Analyzer
The Blood Lead Analyzer provides a small, portable, DIY blood lead level testing device for traveling medical professionals and families to use in their home. Invented by neurotoxicologist Dr. Lorenz Neuwirth of SUNY Old Westbury, the Blood Lead Analyzer can detect lead in the blood at very low levels which is especially important for children given the severe toxic impact of lead on a child’s health and IQ. The present invention is a small, handheld device used to test the presence of lead in human blood in order to confront the public health’s growing concern of lead toxicity. At present, the Center for Disease Control has determined that blood lead levels (i.e., measured as µg of lead [Pb] per 100mL of blood [µg/dL]) greater than 5 µg/dL are used as the childhood clinical reference point of concern. However, blood lead levels (BLLs) below 10 µg/dL are deemed unsafe, as lead is a well-established neurotoxin that disrupts the developing central nervous system; inducing neurodevelopmental problems in children. The present invention has the novel ability to detect BLLs as low as 1.0 µg/dL, defeating competing BLL analyzers that can only detect as low as 3.3 µg/dL, while alleviating the inconvenience and expense of traditional BLL testing – making this invention very useful in public health.