Promising Medical Research At ECU

A new machine ECU physics professors have been working on for almost ten years could help save your life.

ECU professors say the machine will be able to help diagnose diseases faster and more accurately, while making finding cures for them easier.

Dr. Xin-Hua Hu has a patent pending for his diffraction flow cytometer machine. The machine focuses on scattered light that cells give off as they pass through lasers. Dr. Hu says the scattered light, or diffraction images, give a lot of information about the 3-dimensional structure of the cell, which can be used to analyze cells, like cancer cells. That could all help with cancer treatments.

Dr. Hu says the machine will also have practical uses in places like walk-in clinics. He says right now, if someone comes in with a 103 degree fever, the doctor has to draw blood, stain it and look at it under a microscope...A method he says isn't very accurate. Dr.Hu says, "We could use our flow-cytometer, new flow-cytometer technology, to do a 3-d shape analysis of white blood cells, which could give you right away the answer to whether this is a bacteria infection or a virus infection."

Dr. Hu says the physics department is also developing computer software to help analyze the scattered light images.

With the software in development, and a patent pending on the machine, Dr. Hu says the next step is to find funding to get the technology commercialized.

Besides saving lives, Dr. Hu hopes the machine will help ECU become a top research university.


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  • by really? on May 21, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    "EZU" and "unknown in many parts of the country"? Wow. What intelligence. I am proud of ECU and the many, many accomplishments it continues to achieve. If you aren't interested in higher education news, don't bother the rest of us with your ignorant ramblings.
  • by Take that on May 20, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    I would not want to be in the medical field Robert! EZU is nothing special and is unknown in many parts of the country.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on May 20, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    to "Take that" I'm willing to bet you $25,000 that if you applied to the med school at ECU you would never get in. I will meet you in the food court in the mall in Greenville to make this bet offical so every one can witness it. What time is good for you? Actions speak louder than your keyboard! Go Pirates
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    I hope he gets it out before the Government gets ahold of it.Like cures and (there are cures)for cancer, the AMA and the ADA assoc, will lose money on this one.They're making plenty of money on camcer
  • by pirate Location: gville on May 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    So what if he invented this machine the simply question is he teaching the students what he knows? The answer to that one would be NO, all ECU physics profs stink! They are brillant minds but they can't teach worth anything, and the school won't fire them cause they are making the school so much money.
  • by Take that on May 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    EZU is still an unknown school so all of this praise means nothing to me.
  • by hope Location: NC on May 20, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Amazing! Not JUST a party school after all.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 20, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Exciting!
  • by Susan on May 20, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    Things like this make me proud that I am a Pirate. We need more research and inventions such as this! And no, the police department should handle raising the money for crime. That's their responsibility, not Brody School of Medicine's. The money needs to go to training people on this machine and getting it into the mainstream healthcare system (if it's truly as good as they say).
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    Sounds good, but what is the cost difference between drawing blood and using microscope and this machine?
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