Real-time In Vitro Diagnostic Results at the Point of Care? Possible? One San Diego-based IVD Developer Says “Yes!”

Genalyte’s cloud-based Maverick Detection System could potentially change how and when doctors order blood draws, altering long-standing clinical laboratory workflows Anatomic pathologists and medical laboratory leaders may be aware of efforts in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry to perform clinical laboratory tests with smaller quantities of blood. The most high-profile company to try and fail is Theranos, which both Dark Daily and its sister print publication The Dark Report reported...

When Screening for Esophageal and Gastrointestinal Cancer, Rice University’s Low-Cost Microendoscope Could Reduce Need to Send Biopsies to Pathologists

This low-cost solution opens new doors for low-resource regions and, in many cases, allows operators to rule out malignancy without the need for a pathologist to review biopsies Rapid development of endoscopic technologies is bringing medical professionals closer to point-of-care pathology than ever before. The goal is to allow physicians to identify diseased or cancerous tissue in situ and reduce or eliminate the need to biopsy tissue for examination by surgical pathologists. Researchers at...

For Embattled Medical Laboratory Company Theranos, Bad News Keeps on Coming After Two Federal Inspections Show Problems in Certain Lab Practices

High rates of variability from one drop to another raise questions about the reliability of point of care testing equipment and companies that collect lab specimens only with finger sticks Since last fall, one news report after another has come out with bad news for Theranos Inc., the high-profile medical laboratory company. The reports have ranged from dissatisfaction among Theranos’ partners, such as Walgreens and Capital BlueCross, to failed inspection reports from the federal Centers for...

Rice University Researchers Publish Study about Variation in Drop-to-Drop Samples of Capillary Blood Collected by Fingerprick and Used for Clinical Laboratory Testing

Researchers determined that as many as nine successive capillary blood drops must be collected and tested to achieve results that would be comparable to testing with venous blood A new study is raising questions about the implications of using fingerprick blood samples for point-of-care tests. Done by researchers at Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering, the study suggests clinicians use measurements with caution when assessing patients’ conditions based on the results of clinical...

University Engineering Student Invents Cheap Point-of-Care Fluorescence Microscope

Pathologists take note: device created with off-the-shelf parts rivals accuracy of $40,000 model! Pathologists know the engineering complexity and expense of today’s state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopes. Now comes news that a Rice University biomedical engineering student has developed a portable, battery-operated bright field and fluorescence microscope that rivals the performance of reference-standard devices retailing for as much as $40,000! The student, Andrew Miller, developed the...