A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists.
The study by Imperial College London showed the "lab-on-a-chip" gave comparable results to current tests. ...
The device, developed by the company DnaNudge, can be used by anyone capable of taking a swab of the nose or throat.
The swab is placed inside a disposable blue cartridge which contains the chemicals needed for the test.
This in turn is slotted into a shoebox-sized machine to perform the analysis.
[A study published in the Lancet Microbe] compared results when samples from 386 people were given both the DnaNudge and standard laboratory tests.
"The performance was comparable, which is very reassuring when you're trying to bring in a new technology," said Prof Graham Cooke, from Imperial College London.
"Many tests involve a trade-off between speed and accuracy, but this test manages to achieve both." ...
The UK has already ordered 5,000 of the Nudgebox machines and 5.8 million of the disposable cartridges.