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Kim, Park, Song, Roh, Park, Lee, Kim, Yu, Seo, Choi, Baik, Yoo, and Kim: Comparison of Laser and Conventional Lancing Devices for Blood Glucose Measurement Conformance and Patient Satisfaction in Diabetes Mellitus


Self-monitoring of capillary blood glucose is important for controlling diabetes. Recently, a laser lancing device (LMT-1000) that can collect capillary blood without skin puncture was developed. We enrolled 150 patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus. Blood sampling was performed on the same finger on each hand using the LMT-1000 or a conventional lancet. The primary outcome was correlation between glucose values using the LMT-1000 and that using a lancet. And we compared the pain and satisfaction of the procedures. The capillary blood sampling success rates with the LMT-1000 and lancet were 99.3% and 100%, respectively. There was a positive correlation (r=0.974, P<0.001) between mean blood glucose levels in the LMT-1000 (175.8±63.0 mg/dL) and conventional lancet samples (172.5±63.6 mg/dL). LMT-1000 reduced puncture pain by 75.0% and increased satisfaction by 80.0% compared to a lancet. We demonstrated considerable consistency in blood glucose measurements between samples from the LMT-1000 and a lancet, but improved satisfaction and clinically significant pain reduction were observed with the LMT-1000 compared to those with a lancet.


Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) has been proven to reduce glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level and is useful for optimizing glycemic control and preventing diabetic complications by helping one understand their pattern of blood glucose level and facilitating lifestyle modifications [1-4]. Despite the importance of SMBG in glucose control, only 33% of patients with diabetes perform SMBG routinely [5] because of puncture pain, fear of needles, inconvenience, complexity, cost, and increased risk of infection [6]. Lancing pain is the main reason for noncompliance among patients with diabetes.
Recently, LAMEDITECH developed a lancing device, LMT-1000 (HandyRay-Lite, LAMEDITECH, Seoul, Korea), that uses a 2,940 nm single-pulse (erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet or erbium YAG) laser that generates high energy and obtains capillary blood in a short time. Previous study with healthy subjects, the laser lancing device is less painful than lancing, has a high success rate of blood sampling [7].
In this study, we aimed to use the LMT-1000 and a conventional lancet to measure capillary glucose levels in patients with diabetes to evaluate the correlation of glucose values and to compare puncture pain and treatment satisfaction between the two devices.


Study population and design

A total of 150 patients aged 19 to 79 years and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) from Korea University Guro Hospital or Ansan Hospital were enrolled in this study. The primary outcome was the correlation between glucose values using the LMT-1000 and that using a lancet. In addition, we compared the pain and satisfaction of the procedures. Blood sampling was performed on the same fingers on both hands using the LMT-1000 and the lancet. The initial energy power of the LMT-1000 was 140 mJ, and the initial depth of the lancet was the same as that used by the patients. If initial blood sampling failed, a second attempt was performed using the same device, but the energy level of the LMT-1000 was increased (180 mJ) and the lancet was injected to a greater depth. Capillary blood glucose concentration was measured by Barozehn plus (i-SenS Inc., Seoul, Korea). All patients were required to evaluate the grade of pain (numeric rating scale [NRS]) [8] and satisfaction (visual analog scale [VAS]) [9] with each procedure immediately after sampling. Written informed consent was obtained from each participant, and the study was conducted in accordance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. The study protocol was approved by the Korea University Institutional Review Board (2020GR0582).

Laser lancing device (LMT-1000)

The LMT-1000 is a laser lancing device. The LMT-1000 energy level can be categorized into three levels: level 1, 100 mJ; level 2, 140 mJ; and level 3, 180 mJ. Energy level 1 is usually used for pediatric patients. Energy levels 2 and 3 were used.

Conventional lancing device (lancet)

A 28-gauge lancet and manual lancing device named LANZO (GMMC, Seoul, Korea) were used. The patients were instructed to collect capillary blood at the level of depth used on a daily basis.

Statistical methods

Descriptive data were presented as mean±standard deviation, median (interquartile range [IQR]), and number (%). Comparisons of baseline characteristics, pain, and satisfaction between the groups were assessed using a Mann-Whitney U test or chi-square test. The correlation of glucose values between the LMT-1000 and lancet groups was analyzed using linear regression and Passing-Bablok regression. A Bland-Altman analysis was used to evaluate the agreement between the glucose values derived from the LMT-1000 and the lancet. Clarke error grid analysis was performed to assess the clinical relevance of errors between measurements using LMT-1000 and lancet samples [10]. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 20 (IBM Co., Armonk, NY, USA) and MedCalc v.19.0 (https://www.medcalc.org). A P<0.05 indicated clinical significance.


Baseline characteristics

A total of 150 patients (men 86, women 64) with diabetes were enrolled in this study. Five (3.3%) patients had T1DM and 145 (96.7%) patients had T2DM. The mean HbA1c level was 7.2% (IQR, 6.7% to 8.1%). The number of patients using insulin was 47 (31.3%). The mean frequency of SMBG was three times per week (IQR, 1.0 to 7.0).

Comparison of glucose concentration between the LMT-1000 and lancet samples

In the correlation test, we excluded three patients due to failure to puncture the skin in two and glucose level >600 mg/dL in one. Mean capillary glucose levels of the LMT-1000 and lancet samples were 175.8±63.0 and 172.5±63.6 mg/dL, respectively. Pearson correlation analysis showed a positive correlation between the LMT-1000 and lancet samples (r=0.974, P<0.001). Passing-Bablok regression exhibited no significant deviation from linearity (P=0.37) (Fig. 1A). Bland-Altman analysis showed agreement between the blood glucose levels of LMT-1000 and lancet samples independent of baseline glucose level (Fig. 1B-D). In error grid analysis, 97.96% of values fell within zone A, 2.04% in zone B, and 0% in zones C, D, and E (Fig. 1E). The areas of zones A and B indicated that there was no effect on clinical action or altered clinical action had little or no effect on clinical outcomes, suggesting excellent consistency of blood glucose measurements between the two devices.

Comparison of pain and satisfaction between sampling with the LMT-1000 and a lancet

Among the 150 patients with diabetes, the success rates for the lancet and LMT-1000 devices were 100% (n=150) and 99.3% (n=149), respectively (Table 1). The median pain scores were 4.0 (IQR, 3.0 to 6.0) and 1.0 (IQR, 0.0 to 2.0) for the lancet and LMT-1000 devices, respectively (P<0.001), and the median satisfaction scores were 5.0 (IQR, 3.0 to 7.0) and 9.0 (IQR, 7.0 to 10.0) (P<0.001). Notably, even in the second attempt, the pain and satisfaction scores were significantly better than those of the lancet device. The only adverse event caused by the LMT-1000 device was a tingling sensation in one patient, but the patient recovered and the symptom disappeared within 4 days.


In this study, we demonstrated the clinical benefits of a laser lancing device, LMT-1000, in patients with diabetes. The capillary blood glucose concentration of LMT-1000 samples correlated with the findings obtained using lancet samples and remained consistent independent of baseline glucose level. In addition, the LMT-1000 device exhibited a significant reduction in pain and improvement of satisfaction with capillary blood glucose sampling. No significant adverse events or complications were observed.
SMBG plays a key role in management of diabetes [11-13]. However, numerous barriers exist to routine use of SMBG. One of the main obstacles is needle phobia and lancing pain [5,14]. In our study, the LMT-1000 device exhibited statistically significant improvement in lancing pain (NRS score 4 to 1) and satisfaction (VAS score 5 to 9) compared to the lancet device. Importantly, even during a second attempt at blood sampling using a higher energy level for patients who failed the first attempt of sampling with the LMT-1000 device, pain scores did not differ from those of the first attempt and were still lower than the scores with the lancet device. A possible mechanism underlying this low pain sensation is shallow penetration depth of the LMT-1000. By not contacting the reticular dermis, which has abundant free nerve endings, patients only experience touch sensations when using the LMT-1000 [15]. In addition, since the LMT-1000 does not utilize a needle, it avoids needle phobia. Based on these results, a laser device could reduce anxiety and fear before puncture, which can further increase compliance and help achieve adequate glucose control to prevent or delay diabetic complications.
To increase SMBG compliance, the following components should meet patient expectations. First, there should be a high correlation in biochemical value measurements between the LMT-1000 and conventional methods. Our study demonstrated conformance between the two lancing devices regardless of the baseline glucose level. Second, the device should be safe for use. The LMT-1000 does not require a needle for perforating the skin, it can prevent needle stick injury and does not increase the risk of infection. In addition, the LMT-1000 method has several steps to prevent accidental exposure of eyes to lasers [16]. Our study had several limitations. First, we analyzed with relatively small size of Korean diabetic patients. Second, although the official intra-observer coefficient of variation (CV) of LMT-1000 is between 1.7% and 2.0%, meaning strong stability in its energy output, LMT-1000 performed only one comparison per person in this study. Therefore, a prospective randomized controlled study evaluating the efficacy of LMT-1000 in self-glucose control and long-term safety is on-going (CRIS number: KCT0006555). Third, Lanzo may not be a perfect control device that represents a general lancet, thus comparisons between LMT-1000 and several types of conventional lancets are necessary. The strength of this study is the efficacy representation of a novel laser lancing device, LMT-1000, for blood sampling in patients with diabetes for the first time.
In our study, capillary glucose level of LMT-1000 samples correlated with that of lancet samples regardless of baseline glucose levels In addition, the LMT-1000 significantly reduced pain and improved satisfaction with capillary glucose sampling. Therefore, this novel lancing device, LMT-1000, might improve patient compliance with blood glucose monitoring to allow reliable measurement.



Ji A Seo has been associate editors of the Diabetes & Metabolism Journal since 2021. Hye Jin Yoo was been associate editors of the Diabetes & Metabolism Journal from 2020 to 2021. They were not involved in the review process of this article. Otherwise, there was no conflict of interest.


Conception or Design: J.A.K., H.J.Y., N.H.K.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: J.A.K., M.J.P., E.S., E.R., S.Y.P., D.Y.L., J.K., H.J.Y., N.H.K.

Drafting the work or revising: J.A.K., H.J.Y.

Final approval of the manuscript: J.H.Y., J.A.S., K.M.C., S.H.B., H.J.Y., N.H.K.


This work was supported by the Korea Medical Device Development Fund grant funded by the Korea government (the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Health & Welfare, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) (Project Number: 9991007469, KMDF_PR_20200901_0233).



Fig. 1.
Correlation of glucose concentration of LMT-1000 samples with that of lancet samples. (A) Passing-Bablok analysis. (B, C, D) Bland-Altman’s plot of the difference in glucose level between LMT-1000 and lancet samples against the average of two capillary glucose values: (B) total, (C) glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) <7%, and (D) HbA1c ≥7%. The mean difference (solid line) and limits of agreement (mean±2 standard deviations [SDs], dotted line) are shown. (E) Clarke error grid analysis for evaluation of clinical implications of capillary blood glucose values of LMT-1000 or lancet samples. Zone A: no effect on clinical action; zone B: altered clinical action, little or no effect on the clinical outcome; zone C: altered clinical action, likely to affect the clinical outcome; zone D: altered clinical action, could have significant medical risk; and zone E: altered clinical action, could have dangerous consequences.
Table 1.
Comparison of pain and satisfaction between samplings with a lancet and the LMT-1000
Variable Lancet (n=150) LMT-1000 (n=150)
P valuea,b
Total 1st attempt 2nd attempt
Success rate of puncture 150 (100) 149 (99.3) 118 (78.7) 31 (20.6)
Total pain score, NRS 4.0 (3.0-6.0) 1.0 (0-2.0)a 1.0 (0-2.0) 1.0 (0-1.0)b <0.001
Total satisfaction score, VAS 5.0 (3.0-7.0) 9.0 (7.0-10.0)a 9.0 (7.0-10.0) 8.0 (5.5-10.0)b <0.001

Values are presented as number (%) or median (interquartile range).

NRS, numeric rating scale; VAS, visual analog scale.

a P value between lancet and total LMT-1000,

b P value between lancet and 2nd attempt with LMT-1000.


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