Most GI infections are common, self-limited and do not require medical attention. However, the rate of GI infection related deaths has more than doubled over the recent years and patients with persistent symptoms need to be evaluated more extensively. Conventional gastrointestinal diagnostic techniques are variable depending on the suspected pathogen and many require rigid collection techniques and particular transport mediums to preserve the quality of the sample. In addition, the lab testing is often labor intensive and lacks the appropriate sensitivity. Unfortunately, these limitations can result in prolonged symptoms, repeated and subsequent testing and poor clinical outcomes. Using a combination of Diagnostics & DNA Technologies offers a superior solution that eliminates these complexities so providers can efficiently and accurately treat patients.
By utilizing Real-Time PCR for pathogen identification, quantification & detection of antibiotic resistance. PCR is a molecular technique performed in a high complexity laboratory and can be used to precisely analyze the genetic material of pathogens. This advanced technology is 3-5X more sensitive than conventional culture and allows an ability to report both pathogen identification and antibiotic resistance testing results within 12-24 hours of specimen arrival at the lab.
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