What is Microsampling?
The value of reduced blood sample sizes is becoming apparent in human testing. Dried Blood Spot (DBS) sampling has already proven to be a viable alternative for many applications in blood analysis, but Microsampling using VAMS technology offers even more advantages. GX Sciences is proud to be one of the few labs that’s validated the technology within CLIA and COLA standards in the U.S. We offer this type of testing to provide an easy and quick turnaround process of biomarker analysis to our providers.
In order to bring diagnostic blood testing to providers’ offices or a patient’s home, GX Sciences Mitra Microsampling device offers new collection technology which is designed to:
• Collect capillary blood from the fingertip instead of blood from a vein in the arm
• Captures & analyzes minute samples of blood for analysis and is performed by a simple finger prick, allowing a blood droplet to be absorbed to the Mitra collection device.
• Samples are held in a plastic protective cases and can be mailed to our lab without the need of refrigeration or special handling.
• Allow the patient or provider to collect the blood sample quickly at their office or from the comfort of a patient’s home.
• Blood microsampling allows participants to provide their own blood sample via finger prick and mail to our lab for analysis and offer much of the world’s population that lives in remote areas the ability to provide their blood sample results to a medical provider anywhere in the world.
• Enhance the telemedicine providers care by offering patients who prefer online or phone consults the ability to have bloodwork ordered and a microsampling kit delivered to the patient’s home to submit a sample to our lab and the results to their provider.
Microsampling is still new, but those who understand it have a serious competitive advantage when offering this type of testing to their patients for in office or self sampling.
- Blood tests at home are becoming more and more popular over time, catering to patients who do not want to be in hospitals or take the time to travel to doctors offices or labs for necessary blood tests.
- A medical provider can order a lab kit and have it shipped directly to a patient’s home with a pre-paid protected envelope. Sample are sent directly to our lab for analysis, and the provider will receive the patient’s results within 5-7 business days once a valid sample and correct forms are received.
- The old way of blood tests via arm draws have become costly, inconvenient, painful, and an unnecessary way for patients to receive the results they are looking for.
- Blood belongs in the body, not in a medical waste bin. In conventional diagnostic blood testing, more than 95% of the blood is discarded and never analyzed. We are using sample handling technology designed to reduce the amount of blood that is wasted by over 90%.
Diagnostic blood testing usually requires venipuncture because capillary blood collection presents a range of obstacles to sample quality. In order to collect capillary samples with high enough quality to produce diagnostic results, GX Sciences new collection technology is designed with:
- Controls to reduce sample contamination
- Controls to reduce clotting during extraction
- Controls to reduce damage to red blood cells
Personal Statement From Our Expert: Dr. Kendal Stewart
“The recent advances in microsampling technology from GX Sciences has offered my patients in-office and at home access to blood testing without the pain of a blood draw via the arm. With a simple finger prick, I can now give my patients instant access to blood tests without the hassle of sending them to a draw station and wasting their valuable time. Additionally, I can also mail a microsampling kit to my patient’s home and they can provide their own blood sample to the lab. This time saving allows my staff to receive their results prior to their next consultation and is invaluable for patient convenience and lower costs. Me and my patients are
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