The PCT Rapid Test Device (Serum/Plasma) is a rapid visual immunoassay for the qualitative detection of PCT in human serum or plasma specimens. This kit is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of inflammation.
Knowledge of PCT Test Device
Procalcitonin (PCT) is the precursor of calcitonin, and is normally produced in the C-cells of the thyroid gland.During systemic and severe infections, PCT is also produced rapidly in other tissues, and serum PCT concentrations increase to very high levels. Assicot et al first described PCT as an inflammation-induced protein in 1993. Since then, numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the utility of this marker. PCT is more specific for detecting bacterial infection than other inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell counts (WBC), because viral infections, autoimmune and allergic disorders do not induce PCT.