Multiplexing: A Better Approach to Point-of-Care Diagnostics

A comparison of multiplex POC assays available for diagnostics

Diagnostic assays are essential to confirm clinical findings. However, they may be time-consuming and necessitate well-equipped laboratories and trained personnel. Point-of-care (POC) assay technologies have emerged to address these challenges, and offer rapid turnaround times, are simple to perform, and require minimal sample volumes. Despite these benefits, singleplex POC assays only indicate infection by a single pathogen, and a symptomatic patient may obtain a negative test result. Multiplex POC assays enable testing for multiple different pathogens simultaneously, and can be used to distinguish between multiple diseases that present with similar symptoms. Multiplex POC assays are also useful in more challenging environments. Learn more about different multiplex POC assay technologies available.

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