QBC Fluorescence and Staining Technologies (F.A.S.T.)
QBC Fluorescence and Staining Technologies (F.A.S.T.) products are unique systems of reagents, supplies, and instruments centered around time-proven fluorescence technology. Additionally, the F.A.S.T. products make use of unique technologies to provide significant advantages over conventional TB Staining methods. At the heart of this system is the F.A.S.T. Auoramine O Stain Kit, which has been designed to simplify the TB specimen staining process, providing brightly fluorescing acid fast bacilli in less than 3 minutes.
Auramine O based staining of smears for TB detection has been used for decades and is a mainstay for TB fluorescence microscopy. Fluorescent stained smears result in TB and other acid fast bacteria (AFB) that fluoresce brightly against a dark background, allowing microscopists to easily identify AFB using lower magnification and with less eye strain than bright field methods, such as Ziehl-Neelsen staining. Altogether, the benefits of Auramine O based fluorescence microscopy provide a significant advantage over bright field methods, resulting in faster slide reading times and increased sensitivity.
The Complete F.A.S.T. TB System
To meet the diverse and unique needs of TB labs globally, a complete F.A.S.T. TB system was developed. The system, designed for optimal performance with the F.A.S.T. Auramine O Stain Kit, is available in several formats and contains the components necessary for the TB smear process, from collection to microscopy. Included in the QBC F.A.S.T. TB Smear kit are the unique F.A.S.T. Auramine O Stain Kit, quality control slides, SureFocusTM microscope slides sputum cups and applicator sticks. Kits are also available with digestion buffer for labs that perform additional testing, such as culture. For labs building fluorescence microscopy capacity or making the switch from bright field microscopy, full instrument and disposables packages are also available. These complete kits include the QBC F.A.S.T. TB Smear Kit along with the QBC F.A.S.T. Centrifuge and the QBC ParaLens or the ParaLens and a laboratory grade microscope.
QBC F.A.S.T. TB: Enhancing Sensitivity and Increasing Productivity
Whether the goal is to increase the sensitivity of TB detection or to streamline lab processes to facilitate higher productivity, the QBC F.A.S.T. TB system can help meet your lab’s needs.
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