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Transforming an old desktop PC into a fully working diagnostic device

Looijenga, W.R (2015) Transforming an old desktop PC into a fully working diagnostic device. Bachelor's Thesis, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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There are seventeen neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), these diseases only occur in third world countries and only affect the poorest of the poor. These diseases often have long incubation periods and are often not diagnosed properly. Some literature states, there is a need for cheaper and more portable diagnostic devices such as PCR, which functions as a thermal cycler. Tested was the hypothesis that an old desktop PC can also function as a thermal cycler, and therefore as a diagnostic device. This was done with the use of two software programs and some scriptwriting. This concept turned showed the cons outweighed the pros a lot more, and therefore is not very practical for the cause of using it for diagnosing NTDs. Furthermore, a risk analysis is made for the desktop PC and it is investigated if a MiniPCR device might be a proper diagnostic device for diagnosing NTDs. Finally, two diseases combined with the areas in which they occur a lot. It turned out that the need for alternative diagnostics is only marginal. The true problem with eradicating these NTDs has lots of other foundations and is mainly budgetary.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:04
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:04

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