September 30, 2016
Researchers at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom are examining the use of the nanopore MinION device, which can speed up detection of infections, including urinary tract infections. Typically, standard culture methods take two days to three days to characterize bacteria and test their antimicrobial resistances from a urine sample. Early on in the study, university researchers found the nanopore MinION device could do the same in just 12 hours from a urine sample. Now, that time has been shortened to four hours. While UTI's are usually mild, serious cases can lead to hospitalization.