A new technology at the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory will make testing for multiple diseases a lot faster.
The new testing method uses BioMark equipment, which can test for many diseases at once, instead of having to do a separate test for each. The technology can provide up to 96 different results per sample.
"Scientists at the SDCL have adapted existing technology to health care, creating a world first right here in Saskatchewan," said Health Minister Dustin Duncan, in a press release.
"We can be proud of Saskatchewan’s continuing position as a health care leader. Our goal is to put patients first in everything we do."
The new technology came at a price tag of $275,000.
Dr. Nick Antonishyn, a Regina based biochemist, led the team of Saskatchewan specialists in developing the BioMark application, along with a California based technology company.
The Lab, which is located adjacent to the University of Regina, will start using the BioMark equipment to test for diseases such as influenza and norovirus.
It will start testing for major respiratory diseases by this summer.