Rapid Malaria Test in Kolkata
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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 a Rapid Malaria Test?
- Malaria is a common ailment, but if not diagnosed at the right time, it can turn fatal. Thus, time is of the essence when it comes to identifying the disease and starting treatment.
- With the right treatment at the correct time, it is easily manageable, and the patient can recover faster
- Thus, if you have symptoms like a very high fever, shivering, headaches, nausea, or vomiting, it is better to book a Rapid Malaria Test.
- The symptoms of malaria can be confused with those of the flu, and this may lead to a delay in identifying the correct treatment. If you have any of the symptoms, book a Rapid Malaria test to eliminate any doubt.
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What does the Rapid Malaria Test measure?
- The malarial infection is caused in humans by 4 different types of malarial parasites. The antigens of these different types can be identified by a Rapid malaria test. The test measures the presence of one or more of these antigens (proteins) in the blood sample to confirm the malarial infection.
- The accurate detection of malarial parasites happens via the MP test, done under a microscope in a lab environment. However, the Rapid Malaria Test is a good indicator of the presence of these antigens and can be carried out for the early detection of malaria. This helps in a quicker commencement of treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
Can I avail at-home sample collection in Baguiati, Kolkata?
Yes, we have lab partners associated with us and are based in Baguiati, Kolkata. The list of our partners that offer at-home sample collection at Baguiati is available in the app. You can check the list and choose your preferred partner at the time of making the booking. Add the correct pin code in the app to ensure accurate listing of the partners in your area.
What is the cost of the Rapid Malaria Test in Kolkata?
The cost of a Rapid Malaria Test differs slightly depending on the area and the selected lab partner. The pricing offered by each lab is listed on the app. Generally, the general costs range from INR 250 to INR 500, and that includes the at-home collection facility of blood samples.
I am staying at Salt Lake, Kolkata. Can I book a Rapid Malaria Test for my aunt staying in Shobhabazar, Kolkata?
Yes, a Rapid Malaria Test can be booked at any location in Kolkata. If you are making the booking for someone else, please ensure to add their address when making the booking. This helps identify our lab partners who can collect the sample from the desired location.
How can I schedule my appointment for the Rapid Malaria Test sample collection?
Scheduling an appointment is very simple with the app. You need to set your location, enter your address and select one from the list of our lab partners. Once you enter this information, you can book your sample collection. A skilled technician from our partner will collect the blood sample from the specified address.
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 by wearing a mask and using sanitizer and gloves during sample collection
When is the Rapid Malaria Test recommended?
A Rapid Malaria Test is recommended when one has symptoms that may be due to malaria. The symptoms of malaria are similar to the common flu. Hence it is recommended to get the Rapid Malaria Test done as early as possible in order to ascertain the disease and identify the correct line of treatment.
Is a prescription required to book a Rapid Malaria Test?
The Rapid Malaria Test is a diagnostic test to identify the presence of malarial infection in a patient. If it is recommended by a doctor, the prescription will mention the need for the test. However, the test can be conducted before going to a doctor. In this scenario, there will be no prescription needed.
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 Rapid Malaria 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?
No, Rapid Malaria Test is not a definitive test. It is an indicative test that indicates the presence of malarial antigens in the bloodstream. A definitive test for malaria is a microscopy-based MP test.
What are the other tests that are usually recommended along with Rapid Malaria Test?
There are no other tests that are required along with the Rapid Malaria test since this is sufficient to identify the presence of malarial infection. However, to get more definitive results, a microscopy-based lab test can be done on the blood sample.
What diseases can be detected through the Rapid Malaria Test?
No other diseases can be detected through the Rapid Malaria Test since this involves the identification of antigens for malarial parasites. Thus, it is used specifically for malarial infection detection.
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 Rapid Malaria Test in Kolkata?
Usually, you can avail yourself up to a 50% discount on Rapid Malaria Test through MFine. However, the discount and test price may vary based on lab partner and location.