Rick Martin and E. David Crawford, MD, presented “Advances in COVID-19 Testing: PCR Test Validated for Sputum and Swabs” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in March, 2020.

How to cite: Martin, Rick. Crawford, E. David. “Advances in COVID-19 Testing: PCR Test Validated for Sputum and Swabs” March, 2020. Accessed Apr 2020. https://grandroundsinurology.com/advances-in-covid-19-testing-pcr-test-validated-for-sputum-and-swabs/

Advances in COVID-19 Testing: PCR Test Validated for Sputum and Swabs – Summary:

Rick Martin, CEO of MicroGen Diagnostics, discusses COVID-19 testing with E. David Crawford, MD. Mr. Martin explains the type of tests currently used around the world, how exactly the tests are administered, and why these tests are running into problems. He goes on to discuss how his company is developing a validated sputum-based test which is more accurate and more sensitive that can be ordered directly from the company then shipped directly to the patient’s home to avoid contact as much as possible, with results available through an online portal within a week.

Testing will be available from the MicroGen website starting Monday, March 23rd.

For other urology-focused information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our other posts, including:

COVID-19’s Impact on the Treatment of Urology Patients
What Urologists Need to Know About COVID-19