Diabetes Care

Continuous glucose monitor sensor tube

Continuous glucose monitor sensor tube

Laser cutting, stripping and drilling all assist in the fabrication of sensors used in the management of diabetes.

According to the US CDC National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011, diabetes affects 8.3-percent of the U.S. population, or a staggering 25 million people. Of those diagnosed with diabetes, (type 1 and type 2) 26-percent take either insulin or a combination of insulin and oral medication. This debilitating disease is growing rapidly all over the world; Western dietary habits and obesity are leading risk factors for diabetes.

Blood Glucose Testing Devices

Short term and long term implantable sensors, both minimally-invasive and non-invasive, measure glucose levels directly or indirectly by a variety of methods.  Continuous glucose monitoring  permits frequent measurement of glucose levels without patient intervention, unlike traditional glucose testing that requires multiple needle sticks each day.

Laser-drilled holes in an infusion set

Infusion Set for Insulin

These polymer-based sensors made in sheet, wire, cable, catheter or fiber optic format, all have a common requirement to regulate the flow of blood, perspiration, optical fluorescence with apertures or windows with tolerances as small as a few microns. Since the absolute signal produced is proportional to the actual sensor area, laser micro-machining is a natural fabrication technology due to its high precision and repeatability.

Insulin Pumps

The traditional method of giving insulin is by subcutaneous injection such as a syringe and needle, pens and needle-free injectors. Insulin pumps are a new trend in insulin delivery as they are compact, wearable (and disposable) electronically-controlled delivery devices. Laser machining of the infusion holes for infusion sets is a natural application of laser technology due to the precise control of flow.