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Ameritech's Diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 RNA,
Qualitative Real-Time RT-PCR

For the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in upper respiratory specimens (nasopharyngeal) from individuals suspected of COVID-19.

  • High Complexity PCR Gold Standard for

       detection of viruses

  • Specifically designed for the detection

       of SARS-CoV-2

  • 48 hour turn-around time

  • Industry Leading sensitivity and

       detection

  • Comprehensive Viral, Bacterial and ABR

       panel available for symptomatic
       patients.

Introduction:
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a laboratory technique used for copying and replicating a piece of DNA unique to a targeted pathogen using select reagents.

With each step of the reaction the number of DNA molecules increases exponentially and in just a few hours of running the reaction, hundreds of thousands to millions of copies of the target DNA can be made and easily
detected. PCR has therefore become an important tool in the rapid diagnosis of
infectious disease.

How it Works:
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When heated, the strands of the Double Helix separate. Lower temperatures cause them to rejoin with the nucleotides and regain the double helical structure. This is known as an amplification cycle. The sequences of DNA
molecules associated with the unique target pathogen are detected by PCR during several amplification cycles.

 

The use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in infectious disease diagnosis, has resulted in an ability to:

 

  • Diagnose early and treat appropriately

       diseases marked by fastidious pathogens

  • Determine the antimicrobial susceptibility

       of slow growing organisms.

  • Determine the size of an infection