System to facilitate diagnosis of diseases in remote areas
The 3-component system
Performing a haematology and biochemistry screen in 15 minutes is never normally achieved without sending samples off to a lab, which is virtually impossible in locations such as rural Africa. A health screening package based on dry reagent technology, the revolutionary design of the Insight Diagnostic System will now allow a full haematology, biochemistry and infectious disease profile to be performed within a short time period using just capillary blood at the point of care. The 3-component system combines the SpotChem EZ clinical chemistry analyser, the QBC Autoread Plus haematology analyser and the QBC ParaLens Advance fluorescence microscopy system. The dry reagent technology eliminates many of the issues faced by clinicians relating to storage space, biohazardous waste and spillages. The system does not require any regular servicing or maintenance. The clinical chemistry analyser is easy to use and provides the capability to test a total of 22 biochemistry parameters. The haematology system uses specially designed capillary tubes and can measure nine clinically significant haematology parameters in just seven minutes. Once the haematology process is complete, the same capillary tube containing the patient sample can be immediately examined for infectious disease parasites, including malaria, filariasis and trypanosamiasis, using the fluorescence microscopy system.