On a Scale of one to ten, this Scanner tells you how sick you are
The days of going to the doctors and sitting in a waiting room for hours may soon be a thing of the past if a new scanner currently being developed by professor Jürgen Lademann of the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergy of the Charité-University Medicine in Berlin gets the nod.
Eerily similar to the contraption on Star Trek to determine medical complications on the sick, the $280 scanner is as simple as point and shoot. Point it at the skin, press the button, wait three minutes, and it will tell you how healthy you are in a scale from one (worst) to ten (optimal). The miniaturized test system, which is the size of a PC mouse, uses an optical sensor to measures the concentration of antioxidants in the skin and sweat, then provides data of a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle within minutes.
During a trial, the researchers were able to detect changes in diet and smoking habits. Since the anti-oxidant level in your skin is a good indicator of your overall body health, it is adversely affected by stress, smoking, alcohol drinking, and unhealthy food, lack of sleep and UV radiation.
Fortunately I won’t be needing the device, as I already know I am a one or two…cause that what eating bacon and drinking beer everyday will do to you.