To the delight of patients and medical physicians, you’ve opted to implement the FDA Cleared Luminex xTAG® GPP assay. This is a great decision, and now it’s time to prepare for the upcoming implementation efforts including training. A pre-training evaluation call is necessary to help plan for the upcoming visit by a member of the […]
Shows 100% specificity, detects all genotypes, according to the Ghana Study
A new Virology Journal paper reports the results of a study evaluating the use of our xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP) for detecting rotavirus in children in Ghana. The xTAG assay is a multiplexed molecular test for viral, parasitic, and bacterial nucleic acids in human stool specimens.
Better diagnostic tools could have a major impact in patient care
At this year’s Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS), Xiaotian Zheng’s spoke about developing and evaluating a laboratory developed test (LDT) on the ARIES® System for detecting enteroviruses in blood samples from children. The enterovirus study began with a plea from his hospital’s emergency department to decrease the number of painful, invasive spinal taps performed on children. Zheng, Director of Microbiology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, knew that suspected enterovirus infections contribute significantly to the number of cerebrospinal fluid samples collected from patients. Enterovirus testing can be a challenge due to the variability of viral load, and non-specific symptoms. In addition, current tests require the collection and use of cerebrospinal fluid instead of less invasive alternative specimens.
Connecting your instrument to the LIS has never been easier
Clinical labs tell us that one of their biggest concerns is the inefficiency created by software and information systems that don’t talk to each other. It often takes a laboratory’s IT department anywhere from three to six months to integrate an instrument to their laboratory information system (LIS). Lab directors waste thousands of steps every day checking test results within the lab. Why can’t details of a run including the run curves be available on the computer in their office? Why do labs have to associate samples to consumables while standing at the instrument? Why can’t this association be done at the time samples are added to consumables?