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TB Rapid Test Project

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About this medical device
Status Prototyped
Replicated in Europe
Health topic Tuberculosis
Health classification Diagnosis
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License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Rapid diagnosis is critical for the treatment and containment of tuberculosis. Traditional methods are either both expensive and time consuming or inaccurate. In resource-limited areas, finding an inexpensive, accurate, and timely solution is necessary to help curb the spread of TB.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

TB Rapid Test (TBRT) Project utilizes over 2500 serum/saliva samples that have been collected from patients. The project seeks to identify antigens that characterize the many strains of tuberculosis. The TBRT provides about 70% sensitivity, a specificity of 95%, and faster results. The reduced diagnostic delay and expedited referral and treatment can help to reduce the number of TB infections, especially in resource-limited areas where waiting for diagnostic results is not always practical.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Carol Holm-Hansen from Norwegian Institute of Public Health (primary investigator)
  • Manufacturer (if different): n/a
  • Manufacturer location: n/a

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Test samples have been collected from patients across the globe.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Received grant from Grand Challenges in Global Health (May 2010). Also has funding from Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Research Council of Norway.

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