Sample Preparation for COVID-19 Testing with the Multi Reax Vortexer

An exceptional way of saving time for COVID-19 testing sample preparation

Sample Preparation for COVID-19 Testing with the Multi Reax Vortexer

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The primary method for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing remains the well-established RT-PCR test: yet, the sample preparation phase consumes a lot of time – using a swab to extract cell material from the mouth-throat area of the test subject.

Once a sample has been obtained, the swab is assigned to an appropriate medium for secure transport to the laboratory.

Once the sample reaches the laboratory, a vortexer is used to remove the cell material from the swab. This process can take around 30 minutes to extract the cell material from the swab. After this phase is complete, the sample is then prepped for the PCR.

Given the present circumstances, it is necessary to test hundreds of patient samples for the virus each day, a majority of laboratories require a solution that is both fast and efficient. For example, at the MVZ Laboratory Berlin, Ms. Geisler, a senior medical laboratory assistant, stated:

"At present, our laboratory mainly processes samples from patients with a potential COVID-19 infection.  About 150 - 250 patient samples arrive daily.  In order to remove the cell material from the swabs, they have to be vortexed for about 30 minutes in preparation.  Given this high number of samples, I am glad that the Multi Reax allows us to simultaneously process up to 26 samples.  This makes sample preparation so much easier for us."

The Multi Reax facilitates the processing of up to 26 patient samples simultaneously. The impact of this has been resounding, significantly increasing the number of tests that can be carried out each day.

With the Multi Reax Vortexer, you will:

  • Increase your daily turnover
  • Achieve fast results  
  • Save a lot of time

About Heidolph North America

Heidolph North America’s goal is to give our customers the ability to focus on their research. Accomplishing this is done largely in part by providing best-in-class service and support for best-in-class solution-orientated equipment.

Heidolph specializes in both benchtop and industrial rotary evaporation, making distillation more efficient, and in turn allowing the researcher’s focus to be their research.

Heidolph’s product lineup includes a full range of chemistry and biology tools designed to increase lab productivity, including but not limited to overhead stirrers, magnetic stirring hotplates, and shakers.

Quality without compromise is Heidolph’s commitment to you. All Heidolph equipment is designed and made in Germany, backed by a 3-year warranty, and carries an average 10-year lifespan; making it a worthwhile investment.


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Last updated: Apr 7, 2021 at 10:16 AM

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