Bosch creates coronavirus swab test and machine that gives results in less than three hours
- Results are accurate 95 per cent of the time, according to the German company
- Swabs are scanned in a sophisticated machine, removing the need for a lab
- The machine automatically looks for signs of the virus in a patient’s genetics
- Results come back in less than 2.5 hours – far quicker than the 48 hour standard
- The Government have come under increasing pressure to test more people
Bosch has created a coronavirus test and machine that gives results in two-and-a-half hours, removing the need to send samples to a laboratory.
The results are 95 per cent accurate, according to the German manufacturer, better known for its washing machines and fridge freezers.
Swabs from patients are placed into a special cartridge and put into the machine to automatically test for coronavirus, removing the need for a lab technician.
Most swab tests – including ones used by the NHS – take up to 48 hours to produce a result because they are sent off to laboratories to be analysed by specialists.
The Government has faced continuous criticism for its handling of testing in the UK – but defends its strategy to test only the most vulnerable in hospital.
The 11,000 cases reported are just the tip of the iceberg, with the true toll likely to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Bosch has created a coronavirus swab test and machine that gives results in less than three hours, removing the need to send samples to a laboratory
A swab sample is taken from the nose or throat of the patients and placed in a cartridge. The cartridge is put into the Vivalytic analyser, a machine which automatically does the work of a specialist in a laboratory
Dozens of tests that slash the wait-time for results have been made in recent weeks in a bid to stem the spread of infection.
The more people are tested, the better understanding officials have of the outbreak and the quicker they can curb it.
Bosch says each of its Vivalytic machines can process 10 tests in 24 hours. Therefore, 1,000 tests can be performed each day on 100 machines.
Dr Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH said: ‘We want the Bosch rapid COVID-19 test to play a part in containing the coronavirus pandemic as quickly as possible. It will speed up the identification and isolation of infected patients.’
Bosch – a leading technology company known for its household products – developed its Vivalytic test in six weeks amid the escalating pandemic.
More than half a million people have been infected worldwide, killing almost 24,000.
The newly developed test, designed with the Northern Irish medical technology company Randox Laboratories Ltd, will be available in Germany starting in April. Other markets in Europe and elsewhere to follow, the company said.
The system has two parts. First, a swab sample is taken from the nose or throat of the patient and placed in a cartridge.
The cartridge is put into the Vivalytic analyser, a machine which automatically does the work of a specialist in a laboratory.
It analyses the patient’s genes for biomarkers of the coronavirus, a method called molecular diagnostic testing.
Molecular diagnostic tests are increasingly being used for infectious diseases, favoured for its precision and speed.
In less than two and a half hours, the results are delivered electronically.
The test can also differentiate between the coronavirus and nine other respiratory viruses, including flu, which can cause similar clinical symptoms.
The Vivalytic test can be used by a doctor in a GP surgery or on a hospital ward with minimal contact with the patient’s sample.