Immunochromatography tests, commonly referred to as rapid tests, are based on the immunological capture of nanoparticles conjugated to specific antibodies (or antigens) during their passage through a membrane, on which specific antibodies (or antigens) have also been immobilised.
It is a perfect technique to be performed in point-of-care facilities, as its speed (time to results is only a few minutes) and simplicity (no equipment or trained personnel are required) allow the patient to leave the clinic with an indication of where the diagnosis may be directed.
In addition, rapid tests are a very helpful tool to verify the need for tests that can be not only invasive for the patient, but also very costly for the health system. In this way, and in a very short time, the specialist can have a guide to help in the diagnosis, for a better and timely management of the patient, avoiding prescribing medication or invasive tests in those cases where it is not necessary.
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All available tests are qualitative, while the Calprotectin test is a cut-off point test.
The tests are available in Simple (cassette) and Stick (strips) formats, with the ability to detect up to 3 analytes per strip. A double cassette format is also available for more information in one step. For more information, please refer to the specific product sheet for each product.
Results can be obtained 10 to 20 minutes after the execution of the procedure, depending on the analyte.
Interpretation can be done visually and/or automated, through the OPERON strip reader.
No, all products can be shipped at room temperature to simplify and reduce the cost of the process.
Most of the available products are stored at room temperature. For more information, please refer to the specifications of each product via the product sheet.
All tests are CE marked and have been adapted to the new IVDR.