Abu Dhabi approves use of EDE scanners to detect COVID-19 infections
Abu Dhabi’s health authority approved the use of EDE scanners to detect COVID-19 infections, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.
The scanning system, developed by EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi under the International Holding Company, is said to be able to detect a possible COVID-19 infection by measuring electromagnetic waves which change when the RNA particles of the virus are present in the body, therefore providing an immediate result.
Abu Dhabi made the decision after studying the results of the pilot trial conducted at various locations in the emirate, including the Ghantout entry point, select public locations on Yas Island, and entry and exit points in the Musaffah area.
The trial tested more than 20,000 people. According to the report, the results showed a high degree of effectiveness in using EDE scanners to detect a positive COVID-19 infection. The results showed 93.5 percent sensitivity in identifying infected individuals, and 83 percent accuracy in identifying non-infected individuals.
“We are pleased to add EDE scanning technology made in Abu Dhabi to the precautionary measures, helping to create safer areas and maintain public health. The EDE scanners will be used alongside other approved testing methods, such as PCR and DPI,” Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary at Department of Health Abu Dhabi, said.