Roche Molecular Diagnostics
January 24, 2018
cobas TV/MG offers labs the broadest set of specimen claims available in one test, including the ability to test for both TV and MG from one patient sample. This new flexibility can aid health care professionals in faster diagnosis and in reducing the testing volume for labs, while enabling fewer sample collections from patients.
cobas TV/MG has been validated for use with the same, full set of female urogenital specimens available for use with cobas CT/NG.1 In addition, the test has been validated for use with male urine and is the first CE-IVD molecular test to receive a claim for combo TV/MG testing using a meatal swab specimen.
The fully automated cobas 6800/8800 Systems offer the fastest time to results, the highest throughput and the longest walk-away time available among automated molecular platforms, providing laboratories with improved operating efficiency and the flexibility to adapt to changing testing demands.
About Trichomonas vaginalis
Trichomonas vaginalis is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. Roughly, 70% of people infected with TV do not have any symptoms. Those with symptoms may experience itching, burning, or irritation of the genital area, discharge of the penis for males and a change to vaginal discharge with an unusual fishy smell for females. Left untreated, TV can increase the risk of spreading or contracting other STIs such as HIV. Pregnant women with TV may experience complications such as preterm delivery and low infant birth weight.2
In 2008, there were an estimated 276.4 million cases worldwide. Global population based studies show rates ranging from 3.2% to 42.6%, depending on the geographic region studied.3 Published rates are generally thought to be an underestimation because most of the studies have been from methods such as wet mount microscopy versus nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Furthermore, as TV is currently not a reportable disease, the true estimation of prevalence is not currently known.
About Mycoplasma genitalium
Mycoplasma genitalium is a fastidious bacterium first isolated in 1980 from the urethral swabs of two symptomatic men with non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU).4 Infections caused by this bacterium have been associated with male and female urethritis, balanoposthitis, prostatitis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and male and female infertility.5 Additional complications, such as preterm delivery and extra-genital infections, have been reported. Prevalence has shown to be as high as 47.5% when testing using various molecular assays.6
About the cobas 6800/8800 Systems
The cobas 6800 and cobas 8800 systems are fully integrated, automated solutions that introduce a new standard for routine molecular testing in the areas of viral load monitoring, donor screening, women’s health and microbiology. Based on Nobel prize-winning PCR technology, the systems are designed to deliver full automation, increased throughput and faster turnaround time, providing users with greater flexibility to dramatically increase overall workflow efficiencies.
The systems provide up to 96 results in less than 3.5 hours and a total of 384 results for the cobas 6800 System and 960 results for the cobas 8800 System in an eight-hour shift. Both make it possible for labs to perform up to three tests in the same run with no pre-sorting required. The systems also enable up to eight hours (cobas 6800) and four hours (cobas 8800) of walk-away time with minimal user interaction.
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