How Randox R&D Scientists are helping to change healthcare: An introduction to diagnostics for BSW 2017
In celebration of British Science Week 2017, we will be giving you an introduction to diagnostics, and exploring how Randox Scientists are helping to change healthcare.
You may or may not already know that Randox are one of the leading diagnostics companies globally. But what exactly does clinical diagnostics involve? It is one of the fundamental steps of finding out what is wrong with a person when they are ill. Read on to find out a bit more about diagnostics, and how the Randox Reagents R&D Scientists are helping to change healthcare globally!
What is a diagnostic test?
A diagnostic test is any kind of analysis performed on a patient sample (a sample is typically blood, urine or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)), to aid in the diagnosis or detection of disease. The information found from a test can be used to:
- Diagnose disease
- Assess the extent of damage
- Monitor the effectiveness of treatment
- Confirm a person to be free from disease
So what exactly is being tested in the blood?
Examples of substances that may be tested for the blood include proteins, nutrients, waste products, antibodies, hormones, salts, trace elements or vitamins. These are sometimes referred to as ‘analytes’, ‘markers’ or ‘biomarkers’.
This is where reagents come in…
A reagent is a substance which is mixed with the patient sample to create a chemical reaction to detect the biomarker. These reactions are analysed by machines known as analysers.
Using data gathered from both clinical symptoms and laboratory tests, the doctor will follow a sometimes painstaking process of analysis and elimination to perform a successful diagnosis!
Randox scientists have been working tirelessly to provide laboratories with revolutionary diagnostic solutions for over 30 years. Our portfolio of diagnostic reagents are internationally recognised as being of the highest quality, offering reliable and rapid diagnosis. We offer more than 100 tests covering areas such as cardiology; diabetes; drugs of abuse testing; kidney function; veterinary tests and many more. We re-invest significantly in research and development to ensure we meet the ever changing needs of patient healthcare. We are placing a continual focus on assessing the risk of diseases rather than diagnosing the illness after it has occurred; providing patients with the tools to take preventative action, and helping to change healthcare globally.
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