DNA-based Infectious Disease Detection
iGenomeDx provides a faster and more accurate method to detect infectious agents. A simple swab-based test is used to identify commonly occurring infectious agents including bacteria and viruses. This test is of utmost importance in pediatric care and hospital-acquired infection detection. Often it is difficult to distinguish the agent of infection: bacterial or viral. Bacterial infections can be treated using antibiotics whereas few treatment options exist for viral infection. Incorrect diagnoses may lead to an unnecessary medication regimen which should be most definitely avoided.
A unique DNA fragment (primer) of each pathogen is used to uniquely identify the presence of respective DNA which in turn confirms the presence/absence of the pathogen. This primer-based method uniquely identifies the pathogen giving the most accurate diagnostic of the infectious disease.
BENEFITS OF TESTING VIA DNA-BASED METHOD
Accuracy. Can identify a specific pathogen or at a minimum, distinguish between bacterial and viral infections
Rapid Diagnostic. DNA-based method can test the patient specimen for multiple pathogens with much faster speed than culture based methodology traditionally used in the current clinical setting.
Avoid Unnecessary Medication. Pediatric Care is often striving to reduce the use of undesirable medication for children.
Hospital-Acquired Infection. Often infections acquired due to hospital stays are detected 48 hours after being discharged. The suggested DNA test on discharge may help with the early detection of certain hospital-acquired infections. This may reduce the discomfort caused to the patient and help improve the performance and ratings of the hospital.