IQuity has launched1 an RNA-based2 blood test that, it says, can confirm a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in seven days.
This is much faster than using conventional diagnostic methods. These usually involve a series of visits to clinics, various tests and can many months to complete. Sometimes even longer.
The new test is called IsolateMS and is 90% accurate.
People have long been concerned about the time conventional diagnosis takes. This faster method, with results in just seven days, will allow doctors to start treatment of MS patients earlier than before. Earlier treatment can help slow the illness and allow better
IQuity chief executive officer Dr Chase Spurlock said: “The 90% accuracy rate of IsolateMS should give providers and patients a great deal of confidence in their results.
IsolateMS elimates period of uncertainty
“This test augments existing clinical practice and eliminates the period of uncertainty that can accompany an MS diagnosis. IsolateMS allows patients and providers to begin discussing next steps immediately.”
When I think back to the time doctors diagnosed MS in me, I remember it was quite fast. Well, fast in conventional terms – only three months. But, wow, seven days would have been great. And I would definitely have swapped that process for a simple blood test.
Added to that, the diagnosis might have been made years earlier when symptoms, later said to be MS, went unrecognized.
The company has not confirmed its plans to launch IsolateMS outside the US.
1 IsolateMS has been launched in the USA but, initially, is not available in six states. These are: California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York. IQuity will update this list as these licenses are obtained.
2 Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a polymeric molecule essential in various biological roles in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes. RNA and DNA are nucleic acids, and, along with lipids, proteins and carbohydrates, constitute the four major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life.
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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a Features Writer with Healthline, the fastest growing health information site. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.