Portugal: Researchers at Aveiro university developing new Covid-19 screening device

A new Covid-19 screening device for oxygen level and temperature, through sensors in portable sites, is being developed at the University of Aveiro (UA), revealed the institution on Monday.

The project, called “TO2”, deserved a positive opinion from Infarmed – National Drug Authority, and has funding assured by the National Innovation Agency (ANI).

According to the University in a press release, the project “TO2 – Non-contact measuring stations for oxygen saturation and temperature” aims to develop and integrate sensors in portable stations for measuring, without contact, two physiological parameters indicators of Covid-19, in places where there is a higher probability of crowding”. 

Public transportation, airports, schools, companies, shopping centers, conferences, events, shows, and even hospitals (screening), are among the places where it is more difficult to ensure strict compliance with health recommendations or social distancing, being presented as examples of possible use.

Scientists are convinced that “it will be possible to identify early potential infections and act earlier, reducing the risk of community transmission of the new coronavirus and improving the effectiveness of treatments.

The two parameters to be measured by the new device are the decreased oxygen saturation level (spo2) and high body temperature.

Patients infected with the new virus have been showing “extraordinarily low levels” of oxygen in the blood (spo2), even without having respiratory difficulties.

The project, lasting 10 months, is co-promoted by the Baixo Vouga Hospital and the companies “RI-TE – Radiation Imaging Technologies” and “Exatronic”.

It also has as partners the Instituto de Instrumentación para Imagen Molecular/Universitat Politècnica de València and the technology-based company Insulcloud, SI, considered a pioneer in the development of state-of-the-art devices for the control and monitoring of chronic diseases.

The team of researchers of the University of Aveiro is coordinated by João Veloso, professor of the Department of Physics and researcher of the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (I3N).

It brings together multidisciplinary skills of researchers from the Electronics, Telecommunications and Computer Science (DETI) departments – Armando Pinho, Susana Brás, João Rodrigues – Communication and Art (deca) – Ana Isabel Veloso -, besides the Physics Department (dfis), where Ana Luísa Silva and Pedro Correia participate, besides the coordinator.