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What is a Rapid Malaria Test used for?
A Rapid Malaria Test, also known as a Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test, is a non-invasive method of determining the presence of particular malaria antigens or parasites in a person’s blood. The rapid malaria test is mainly used to diagnose malaria, and it aids in detecting the malaria parasites or antigens present in the human blood.
This test is a quick way of knowing whether you have malaria or not. The blood is taken from the prick of the finger and is then placed on the test strip. It changes the color to show the result of the test.
What is included in the Rapid Malaria Test?
Generally, the rapid tests are accurate, but not as much as the standard lab tests. But these tests are easy to use, require a little sample, do not require any special equipment, and the results are quick RTDs come in a variety of forms, such as dipstick, cassette, or hybrids. They are often relatively simple to use, needing no specialized skills and little training, regardless of the format. They don’t require any infrastructure or equipment and maybe utilized right at the point of treatment, even in the most distant locations.
There are various rapid test kits available that enable the detection of antigens that come from malaria parasites. In instances where a good microscopic diagnosis is not accessible, these “Rapid Diagnostic Tests” (RDTs) are a viable alternative to microscopy.
Procedure for the Rapid Malaria Test
The procedure for the rapid malaria test is quick and easy. The lab technician will arrive at your convenient time slot to take your blood sample.
The rapid malaria test mainly includes the following procedure:
- You have to provide a sample of blood. If the malarial antigen is present, the sample is combined with a special substance that will trigger a chemical reaction.
- You will get to see the result on the rapid test cassette or dipstick. A dipstick is a thin plastic strip that has been chemically coated. When the dipstick is inserted into the sample, it will change colors if the test is positive. A quick test cassette is a compact plastic casing with a well where the sample is stored. To signify the outcome, the well will display a letter or a symbol.
How to prepare for a Rapid Malaria Test?
You do not need special preparation for this test. But make sure to inform the doctor about the medications that you might be taking for any underlying condition. Your doctor will diagnose malaria. Your doctor will check your medical history, including any recent trip to tropical regions, during your visit. A physical examination will also be carried out.
Things to consider after the Rapid Malaria Test is complete
You don’t need to consider any special precaution after the test is complete.
*What types of infection can a Rapid Malaria Test detect?
Malaria Parasite Test is a pathology test used to identify the presence of parasitic organisms that cause malaria. This test necessitates the collection of a patient’s venous blood sample. Malaria parasite tests are available in most pathology labs.
Plasmodium parasites, which are carried by Anopheles mosquitoes, cause malaria. Female mosquitoes only transfer the malaria parasites. When a mosquito bites a person with malaria, the parasites in the blood are consumed by the insect. When a mosquito bites another individual, the parasites are transmitted to them. This is how the infection spreads.
How much does the Rapid Malaria Test cost?*
The cost of rapid malaria tests differs from one lab to another. Several factors like your location, preferred lab partner, sample collection time, etc., can affect the cost of this test. Usually, this test may cost around Rs 60 to Rs. 600.
*Disclaimer: The value varies based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get results for the Rapid Malaria Test?
You can expect rapid malaria test results within 24 to 48 hours after the sample is collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What do abnormal Rapid Malaria Test results indicate?
If the test shows a positive result, this will indicate the presence of the malarial antigen in your body, and hence, it would mean that you are infected with malaria. In case the test shows a negative result, it means that you are not infected. In some instances, the result may not be clear, which may indicate that you need to perform the test again. However, it is always better to consult the doctor to interpret the result better.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Is a Rapid Malaria Test a definitive test?
The majority of fast tests are correct, although not to the same degree as regular lab testing. However, these tests are simple, require minimal material, require no special equipment, and provide speedy results. Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) for malaria aid in identifying the disease by demonstrating the presence of malaria parasites in human blood. RDTs are a viable alternative to clinical diagnosis or microscopy in situations when high-quality microscopy services are unavailable.
How to read the Rapid Malaria Test report?
The report shows two columns, “C” and “T.” If there is a line in both the “C” column and “T” column, it indicates that the patient has malaria. If there is a line in the “C” column but no line in the “T” column, it means that the patient does not have malaria. A typical test results in a negative result, indicating no Plasmodium parasites in your blood. A positive result indicates that the parasites are present in your blood and that you may be suffering from malaria.
When blood draws and smears aren’t accessible, this is also known as RDT or antigen testing. Blood is drawn from a prick on your finger and placed on a test strip, which changes color to indicate whether or not you have malaria.
Why book a Rapid Malaria Test?
Rapid diagnostic tests have particular value as epidemiological tools and are used as diagnostics. They enable rapid screening of a potentially affected population and can be used as a test of cure to determine the presence of an infection. If you are experiencing the symptoms of malaria, you must book a rapid diagnostic test and get yourself tested for the same.
Testing is done to aid in the diagnosis of malaria, the monitoring of relapses, and the determination of the parasite’s medication susceptibility. Malaria is diagnosed by the use of blood smears or the rapid testing method.
Rapid Malaria Test at home – how does it work?
The Rapid Malaria Test is just like any other blood test. A lab technician visits your home when you book your tests through the MFine app. The lab technician first cleans the arm and then inserts a syringe into a vein. The required amount of blood is then taken into a vial. The lab technician then removes the needle and places cotton wool or a bandage over the prick.
Are there any risks involved with the Rapid Malaria Test?
There is no such risk involved with the rapid malaria test. Men and women both can get this test done regardless of their age to know if they have been infected with malaria. But you should let your doctor know about any underlying condition or any medication you might be having before getting this test done.
What can affect the results of a Rapid Malaria Test?
Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are easy to use and yield findings fast, making treatment decisions swiftly. On the other hand, the accuracy and applicability of RDT data depend on several elements, including the RDT’s quality, storage, transportation, and end-user performance.
Why book the Rapid Malaria Test?
- Rapid Malaria Tests can help detect malarial parasites in a patient’s blood.
- This test is more accurate than presumptive diagnosis and will help in early diagnosis & treatment.
- The early diagnosis will help to avoid any complications like anemia, organ failure, low blood sugar, etc., in the future.
- Since the milder form of malaria can recur or stay for years, it is better to take the Rapid Malaria Test immediately if you feel any sign or symptom of the disease.
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What does the Rapid Malaria Test measure?
- The Rapid Malaria Test helps to confirm if you have malaria antigens in the blood or not.
- The test helps find which species of the malaria parasite, i.e., plasmodium falciparum, vivax, knowlesi, etc., have caused symptoms of the infection.
- Malaria can occur due to different reasons like mosquito bites, drug resistance, geography, transmission, etc. The test helps determine if the infection is caused by a parasite resistant to certain drugs.
- Malaria can turn fatal and raise severity. Rapid Malaria Test will help find whether the disease is causing any serious complications. It will help to start treatment in the early stages.
What Preparation is Needed for the Rapid Malaria Test?
- Rapid Malaria Test is a common diagnostic test and can be conducted on anyone. The test allows you to clear your doubts about whether you have malaria or not.
- There is no specific preparation required to perform before taking a Rapid Malaria Test.
- On a precautionary basis, inform the doctor about your medical history and current medications, if applicable. It can save you from negative side-effects if any.
What Happens to Your Test Sample?
What do Abnormal Results Indicate?
- The result will be either positive or negative.
- A positive result indicates the presence of malarial antigens present in the blood. However, it does not necessarily mean that you have the infection.
- A negative result indicates that you don’t have a malarial infection. But sometimes, it can be a false-negative report due to poor performance, lack of storage, etc.
- The test result might vary according to age, gender, prior medical conditions, etc.
- Hence, you should try & immediately book an appointment with the doctor after the result to discuss the report and start the treatment as soon as possible.
- Disclaimer: It has been advised to always consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.
Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
Can I avail at-home sample collection in Chennai?
Yes, you can avail at-home sample collection in Chennai through the MFine app. It gives you the option to book a slot for the test from the comfort of your home. It also delivers the test results to your doorsteps.
What is the cost of the Rapid Malaria Test in Chennai?
The cost of a Rapid Malaria Test may differ depending upon the infrastructure and the facilities provided by the different laboratories across the city. However, the approximate cost of the test per person is INR 200 to 400.
I stay in Pune. Can I book a Rapid Malaria Test for my grandfather staying in Chennai?
Yes, you can easily book a test for any of your relatives or old family members staying in any part of the country with just a click. MFine gives you an option to book a Rapid Malaria Test for people living in distant places.
How can I reschedule my appointment for the Rapid Malaria Test sample collection?
Yes, you can reschedule your appointment for the Rapid Malaria Test sample collection. The MFine app gives you the option to shift the time & date of the appointment for the sample collection.
Is the lab technician coming for Rapid Malaria Test sample collection vaccinated?
Yes. Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout the test by wearing a mask, using a sanitiser and gloves during sample collection.
When is the Rapid Malaria Test recommended?
Rapid Malaria Test is recommended if you have symptoms like fever, chills, shivering, yellowish skin or eyes, etc. These symptoms usually occur within a week or two after the mosquito bite, and you should instantly book a test for timely diagnosis & treatment.
Also, you should get yourself tested if you have recently travelled to an area prone to malaria.
Is a prescription required to book a Rapid Malaria Test?
No. You don’t need a prescription from the doctor to book a Rapid Malaria Test. You can directly book a test on MFine if you feel any symptoms.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes. MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your reports accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines, if required, based on the results.
Is the Rapid Malaria Test a definitive test?
Although the Rapid Malaria Test is the gold standard to find malarial antigens in the blood. Sometimes, a polymerase chain reaction test is recommended to detect low parasitemia or subclinical infections.
What other tests are usually recommended along with the Rapid Malaria Test?
Along with the Rapid Malaria Test, the following tests are usually recommended:
- Complete Blood Count test: This test is done to measure RBCs, WBC’s, platelet count, etc., & evaluate diseases like anaemia, low blood sugar, and immunity system disorder.
- Routine Chemistry Test: It is ordered to check the standard health status of the patient.
What diseases can be detected through the Rapid Malaria Test?
Rapid Malaria Test is used to detect the presence of malarial parasites in the blood. Along with it, it helps determine the count of red blood cells affected by the infection, if any. The test helps to find specific treatment solutions according to your condition.
How can I download my Rapid Malaria Test report?
– Login to MFine.
– Go to your profile.
– Click Attachment and Reports.
– Click Lab Report and download the same.
Are there any discount offers running on the Rapid Malaria Test in Chennai?
Usually, you can avail of up to 50% discount on the Rapid Malaria Test through MFine. However, the discount and test prices may vary based on lab partner and location.