What if your body ink acted as a sort of computer screen, displaying health problems that were happening inside of you, like dehydration or low blood sugar? Sounds kind of futuristic, right? Not for long. Researchers from Harvard and MIT have developed a smart tattoo that can detect health changes in the body.
This smart tattoo is designed to monitor health. It works by using a special kind of enhanced tattoo ink that changes color based on glucose levels, sodium, pH and hydrogen ions that are found in the fluid in our bodies. When there are changes in the body fluid, the tattoo changes color depending on what it is testing for. The special tattoo ink is called Dermal Abyss.
The researchers began by testing pigskin. First they tattooed the skin with the enhanced ink. Then they injected the pigskin with solutions designed to mimic an increase in glucose or pH levels. If the pH levels changed the ink went from pink to purple, if the glucose levels changed the ink turned brown from a green and the sodium levels caused the green coloring to become more intense under UV light.
There are many advantages to this method of disease monitoring: It would make managing certain diseases much easier, it is weightless, it can be used with or without electricity and changes in the skin will not affect the tattoo ink.
People who do not want a visible tattoo are also able to take advantage of this medical breakthrough. The ink can be invisible until unveiled by certain colors of lights and may also be seen under a cell phone light. The tattoo will also have an app that goes with it and may be compatible with wearable devices, such as a smart watch or a FitBit.
Because this technology is so new, we do not know of any health implications for removal of smart tattoos. If you need to remove a not-so smart-tattoo, contact us today! Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic offers safe and affordable laser tattoo removal. Dr. Brotzman, a physician with thirty years of clinical experience, performs each and every treatment. Call us today for your free consultation!