The Purpose of Serology Testing

laboratory-313867_1920A serology blood test is performed to detect and measure the levels of antibodies as a result of exposure to a particular bacteria or virus. When a person is exposed to bacteria or viruses (antigens), their body’s immune system produces specific antibodies against the organism. Antibody levels help physicians determine whether an infection occurred recently or years ago.

There are several types of serological tests that can effectively detect such antibodies. There are also several serology techniques that can be used depending on the antibodies being studied. These include: ELISA, agglutination, precipitation, complement-fixation, and fluorescent antibodies.

ELISA, or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, is a test that uses antibodies and color change to identify a substance. ELISA is a popular format of “wet-lab” type analytic biochemistry assay that uses a solid-phase enzyme immunoassay (EIA) to detect the presence of a substance, usually an antigen, in a liquid sample or wet sample.

Serological testing is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of viral diseases such influenza and measles, as well as of infectious diseases like mononucleosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Provide effective serology tests to your patients when you choose tests from Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. Our business provides you with a huge array of diagnostic tests, including serological testing supplies used to detect Mononucleosis. If you have any questions about this or any of our other products, please feel free to call us at (818) 591-3030.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.