Numerical and Experimental Study on the Development of Electric Sensor as for Measurement of Red Blood Cell Deformability in Microchannels

Abstract

A microsensor that can continuously measure the deformability of a single red blood cell (RBC) in its microchannels using microelectrodes is described in this paper. The time series of the electric resistance is measured using an AC current vs. voltage method as the RBC passes between counter-electrode-type micro-membrane sensors attached to the bottom wall of the microchannel. The RBC is deformed by the shear flow created in the microchannel; the degree of deformation depends on the elastic modulus of the RBC. The resistance distribution, which is unique to the shape of the RBC, is analyzed to obtain the deformability of each cell. First, a numerical simulation of the electric field around the electrodes and RBC is carried out to evaluate the influences of the RBC height position, channel height, distance between the electrodes, electrode width, and RBC shape on the sensor sensitivity. Then, a microsensor was designed and fabricated on the basis of the numerical results. Resistance measurement was carried out using samples of normal RBCs and rigidified (Ca(2+)-A23186 treated) RBCs. Visualization measurement of the cells' behavior was carried out using a high-speed camera, and the results were compared with those obtained above to evaluate the performance of the sensor.

DOI: 10.3390/s120810566

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@inproceedings{Tatsumi2012NumericalAE, title={Numerical and Experimental Study on the Development of Electric Sensor as for Measurement of Red Blood Cell Deformability in Microchannels}, author={Kazuya Tatsumi and Yoichi Katsumoto and Ryoji Fujiwara and Kazuyoshi Nakabe}, booktitle={Sensors}, year={2012} }