Product Spotlight: U-Scan

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Sydney, Jan 4: Following four years of development, WITHINGS,  global leader in connected health is proud to announce U-Scan, a breakthrough in-home biomarker analysis platform.
One of the company’s most technologically advanced devices to date, U-Scan is a miniaturised health lab that hygienically sits within any toilet bowl to unlock the wealth of health information in daily urine.  
With more than 3000 metabolites, urine is an extraordinary witness to assess and monitor one’s health. It gives an immediate snapshot of the body’s balance and is integral in monitoring and detecting a large variety of medical conditions and health information.
While we urinate on average seven times a day, urine analyses are usually performed only once a year.
WITHINGS U-Scan will be revolutionising home health by making it possible to conduct biomarker assessments from the comfort and privacy of a person’s own bathroom.
A game changer in home health, U-Scan is a versatile platform consisting of a technologically advanced pebble-shaped reader and changeable analysis cartridges designed to assess specific biomarkers without the need for external sample capture or unhygienic strips. Its accompanying app Health Mate provides a wealth of actionable insights based on daily readings. It debuts with two consumer cartridges U-Scan Cycle for women’s monthly cycle tracking and syncing and U-Scan Balance, a detailed metabolic guide to hydration and nutrition. It will have the potential to assess hundreds of health and medical conditions.“The ability of U-Scan to perform daily urine analysis from the home allows WITHINGS to take its mission to help consumers and physicians fully utilise urine data to an entirely new level,” WITHINGS CEO Mathieu Letombe said.
“It’s one of the most exciting and complex products we have ever announced which will help people manage health outcomes and prevent countless diseases.
“We begin this journey with U-Scan Cycle and Balance and look forward to announcing many more programs on an ongoing basis.”  

How it Works

The U-Scan is effortless to use. Developed with in-vitro diagnostic experts, it performs three key tasks:    

Automated Sample Capture – using a sophisticated reader within the toilet bowl

Just 90 mm in diameter, the rechargeable U-Scan reader is engineered to distinguish between external liquid and urine and automatically funnel samples for analysis. Urine flows efficiently to a collection inlet thanks to its pebble-shaped design. The pump, activated by the thermal sensor located at the inlet position, is activated when a thermal sensor detects the presence of urine, which starts a sample’s journey within a microfluidic circuit.
Samples are then injected into a test pod where the chemical reaction is read by an optical module. At the end of each measurement, the circuit returns to the idle position and the remaining liquid is purged through a waste outlet.  The system is subsequently cleaned with every flush.
U-Scan can distinguish between various users thanks to its Stream ID feature. Low-energy radar sensors embedded within the reader measure multiple variables to identify an individual’s urine stream signature, by detecting movement and distance of the stream. Information can be checked in Health Mate and is improved over time. 

Biomarker Analyses within a miniaturised urine lab tailored to specific use cases  

The rotating cylindrical U-Scan cartridge is a tiny chemical lab containing dozens of miniaturised test pods that can deliver clinical-grade results. Each pod is a hermetic cavity which can resist the toilet environment containing reagents that react with urine to detect the presence of one or several biomarkers. 
When the U-Scan reader delivers the sample to the injection point, the test pod is pierced to allow a small amount of urine to enter.  When in contact with the reagents within the pod, U-Scan begins the chemical analysis within moments. It automatically transmits results via Wi-Fi and then rotates the cartridge to expose the next test pod to the injection point. Each cartridge is designed to support up to  three months of readings.
The module system is purposely designed to allow WITHINGS to continually develop and support the analysis of biomarkers associated with various medical and health conditions. Combined with measurements from WITHINGS’ ecosystem, U-Scan will offer more health insights for its users and is an exciting tool to help prevent disease, improve quality of life, and reduce healthcare costs.  

Actionable Advice – physician created guided insights

The Health Mate app provides results, actionable insights, and guidance designed to help people build better habits. For U-Scan Cycle, the app will show analysis of key hormones, LH (luteinising hormone) surge alongside key hydration and dietary biomarkers, specific gravity and pH levels to help women manage every aspect of their cycle. It measures ovulation windows, hydration and acid levels and combines cycle tracking, coaching, and journaling in one place. Full information on U-Scan Cycle is available here.
For U-Scan Balance, the app shows analysis of specific gravity, pH, vitamin C and ketone levels.  It helps people monitor their metabolic intake to optimise their daily hydration and nutrients.  As well as displaying results such as carb balance and pH levels, it recommends workouts, dietary suggestions, and recipes to achieve identified goals. More information on the U-Scan Cycle is available here.

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