A new rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 capable of diagnosing the infection in under 90 minutes, is being deployed at Cambridge hospitals, ahead of being launched in hospitals nationwide.
The newly developed SAMBA II machines enable a quick, accurate and simple way to diagnose the infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Patients will provide a nasal and throat swab. These are loaded into the SAMBA machine of which the remainder of the process is fully automated. SAMBA II is able to deliver results while the patient waits. Whereas current tests can take over 24 hours or longer to deliver their results, SAMBA is able to deliver a diagnosis in less than 90 minutes.