Respiratory Viral Testing
There are over a dozen viral pathogens circulating today that can cause respiratory distress. Physicians need to know which of these are – or are not – infecting a patient in order to effectively prescribe treatment and to control the spread of disease. Unfortunately, determining the source of a respiratory infection using traditional methods can be slow, inconclusive and inaccurate. As a result, many physicians choose not to test and send patients home without treatment, or else prescribe antibiotics even though the cause of the infection is often caused by a virus and so would be ineffective.
Early detection is critically important both to improve individual patient outcomes and to prevent the spread of disease.xTAG® Multiplexing Technology allows rapid and reliable testing for respiratory viruses, and if established as the standard of care, could substantially lower health care costs and potentially save lives.
Tests available from Luminex: