Respiratory Pathogen Panel
Flu and other serious pulmonary infections affect 5 million people annually, killing 500,000.
Treatments vary greatly for bacterial or viral infections – Identification of the pathogen is necessary for rapid appropriate intervention, to limit the duration and severity of symptoms.
Antibiotic resistance, accelerated by the needless use of antibiotics during a viral infection, is cited by the World Health Organization as a major threat to global public health.
PCR vs. Conventional Testing
Conventional culture and sensitivity testing routinely requires a few days, and sometimes a week or more
RDx delivers PCR test results within 48 hours.
Molecular testing is more sensitive, more accurate, more rapid, with more information delivered.
Respiratory Pathogen Panel Targets
Influenza A H1
Parainfluenza virus 1
Influenza A H3
Parainfluenza virus 2
Parainfluenza virus 3
Respiratory Syncytial Virus A
Parainfluenza virus 4
Respiratory Syncytial Virus B
Molecular testing compared to Screening for Flu
Screening cannot determine between species of flu.
Screening cannot detect other viral infections, or bacterial infections.
Screening is reasonably accurate (over 89%) if there is a large input of pathogen to test. But accuracy drops well below coin-toss odds (down to 31%) when patient infection is below the levels necessary to screen.
Screening is prone to false results due to inconsistencies in sample collection and preparation.
Due to the challenges inherent in screening, both positive and negative results should be verified by molecular testing.
About RDx BioScience
RDx is a full-service, high-technology laboratory. As a diagnostics-driven bioscience firm, we pioneer new strategies to guide the care for the chronically ill, and we measure our success – not in the number of tests performed – but in terms of lives improved and patients saved.
We are fast, accurate, and deliver value-based service nationally. RDx BioScience is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) as a certified, full-service medical laboratory.