The Use of Clinical Serological Centrifuges in Clinical Diagnostics

The serology test is one of the most common tests carried out in diagnostic clinics and hospitals. There are also different forms of serology tests and they can involve various laboratory techniques. Serology tests have one main purpose—to find antibodies that are present in the blood. This is done to determine any underlying medical condition.

The Role Serological Centrifuges Play

Processing various serology tests are done using a serological centrifuge. This lab device works by separating the various blood components using centrifugal force. By separating blood components like red blood cells, plasma, white blood cells, and platelets, researchers and doctors can get more insight into a patient’s condition.

A serological centrifuge is also commonly used for serology tests, including:

  • Cross matching
  • Blood typing
  • Phenotyping
  • Coombs testing
  • Manual cell washing
  • Genotyping

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, using serological centrifuges has become even more common. A serology test is one of the primary tests done on people that are suspected to have contracted to COVID-19 virus. Serology tests are also used to determine the presence of some of the antigens in the bloodstream.

  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites

What Happens After a Serology Test

Since serology tests are done to determine the presence of antibodies that can affect an individual’s health, the results provide a better understanding of their condition and the possible causes. For example, individuals that are exhibiting symptoms that are flu-like are typically suspected of having contracted to COVID-19 virus.

The suspicion however can be confirmed using a serological test (in this case, an antigen test). Serology tests can also help doctors prescribe the proper medication and treatment for patients. It also helps them determine the next steps they should take so they can recover from their condition.

By Nami