Rapid Diagnostic Tests
Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are diagnostic assays designed for use at the point-of-care (PoC), and can be adapted for use in low-resource settings. An RDT is low-cost, simple to operate and read, sensitive, specific, stable at high temperatures, and works in a short period of time. RDTs are intended to provide diagnostic results conveniently and immediately to the patient while still at the health facility, screening site, or by a health care provider. Receiving diagnosis at the point of care reduces the need for multiple visits to secure diagnostic results, thus improving the specificity of diagnosis and the likelihood that the patient will receive treatment,. This reduces dependence on presumptive treatment and the risk that the patient will get sicker before a correct diagnosis is made. Rapid diagnostic tests are used in a variety of point-of care-settings—from homes to primary care clinics or emergency rooms — and many require little to no laboratory equipment or medical training.
RDTs are particularly important in low-resource settings, where:
- Harsh environmental conditions combined with limited access to electricity and refrigeration preclude the use of sensitive equipment
- Technology, equipment, and training required for more complicated laboratory tests are lacking.
- Many patients cannot travel easily to the clinic to follow-up on results that take a long time.
Our complete line of RDTs is produced in a fully registered ISO facility with CE markings and an American label. Our RDTs support a wide range of testing needs:
• Tumor Marker
• Cardiac Marker
• Infectious Diseases
• Drug of Abuse
• Food Safety