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Clin Biochem. 2005 Jul;38(7):591-606.

Point-of-care immunotesting: approaching the analytical performance of central laboratory methods.

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Department of Biotechnology, University of Turku, Tykistökatu 6A 6th floor, FIN-20520 Turku, Finland.


The use of point-of-care (POC) immunoassays has increased significantly and the menu of analytes continues to expand. Most of the rapid immunoassays are currently based on simple manual assay devices such as the immunochromatographic, agglutination, and immunofiltration assays. Although automated readers have recently been introduced at an increasing pace, the major benefit of these genuinely hand-portable assay devices is that they do not usually necessitate instrumentation but can be performed anywhere. Significant advances in assay and detection technologies have, however, recently facilitated the introduction of truly quantitative, sophisticated immunoassay methods to POC settings as well, with the analytical performance characteristics approaching those of conventional laboratory assays. Furthermore, innovative assay technologies such as those based on immunosensors have been introduced to POC testing (POCT) without ever being employed in clinical laboratories. However, further simplification of the assay procedures and analyzers is still feasible, and strong efforts are directed towards the development of miniaturized and simple, yet sensitive and quantitative, novel assay technologies to keep up with the increasing expectations set on future POC immunotesting.

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