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An Albuquerque startup may soon gain fame for ending a century-old time warp in medical diagnostics for blood infections.
To detect infections in blood, doctors today must still wait 24 to 72 hours for labs to grow cultures — the same medical process in effect since the 1800s. But nanoMR Inc. has developed technology to detect infections and identify the type of bacteria present in blood in just two hours.
“That’s revolutionary,” said Cathy Petti, an infectious disease specialist and microbiologist who does consulting for the medical diagnostics industry. “Ever since blood cultures were first used to identify infections in the late 1800s, the technology has changed very little. That’s a major barrier to providing effective care to patients.”