Measurement of diabetic sugar concentration in human blood using Raman spectroscopy

S. Firdous*, M. Nawaz, M. Ahmed, S. Anwar, A. Rehman, R. Rashid, A. Mahmood

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This study demonstrates the use of Raman spectroscopy for the direct measurement of diabetic sugar in human blood using 532 nm laser system. Raman spectra were collected from whole blood drawn from 21 individuals. We have elicited a reliable glucose signature in diabetic patients, and measured glucose levels in blood serum of normal, healthy diabetic and diabetic patients with other malignancies like cancer and hep- atitis. Quantitative predictions of glucose spectra illustrate the predictions based on molecular information carried by the Raman light in highly light-scattering and absorbing media. Raman spectrum peaks for dia- betic blood serum are observed at 1168, 1531, 1463, 1021 cm -1 with intensity level 17000 to 18500 pixels attributed to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, collagen, and skeletal C-C stretch of lipids acyl chains. Raman spectra for normal, diabetic patients having cancer and hepatitis were also recorded. This in vitro glucose monitoring methodology will lead in vivo noninvasive on-line monitoring having painless and at the same time the data will be displayed on-line and in real time. The measured Raman peaks provides detailed bio- chemical fingerprint of the sample and could confer diagnostic benefit in a clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1094
Number of pages5
JournalLaser Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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