Cellscheck, the first analyzer for the diagnosis of Malaria (falciparum and vivax)
Microscopic examination (thick blood smear technique or blood smear) remains the essential condition for a gold standard diagnosis in most large health care institutions and hospitals, but the quality of microscopic diagnosis is often insufficient because requires experienced staff and on the other hand a longer time to get results (> 1h against 20min TDR).
Indeed, it takes a lot of training and experience to properly analyze blood smears, especially to interpret the thick drops and identify the species of parasite. Lack of experienced staff can limit the accuracy of malaria diagnosis in laboratories in Africa or other areas. Diagnosis in low-income countries is often unreliable due to problems with the quality of the microscope or staining, as well as laboratory supervision and quality control. For example, the diagnosis of malaria made after blood smear analysis in local clinics in Africa could only be confirmed in 25% of diagnosed cases! ! ! The CELLSCHECK® automaton both eliminates the human error of diagnosis while archiving the results on the laboratory information system and to obtain the results of 30 slides in less than 3 minutes against approximately 1 hour in thick drop (microscope) for a single slide and 20 minutes in TDR but with a much greater sensitivity compared to TDR (120 parasitaemia / μl). The CELLSCHECK® has been evaluated by the Malaria Reference Center in France (Bichat Hospital in Paris – department of Professor Sandrine HOUZE). This evaluation will be published in “Malaria Journal” during the first half of 2015