NICE has assessed the integrated multiplex polymerase chain (PCR) tests – xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, FilmArray GI Panel and Faecal Pathogens B assay – to help the NHS decide whether to use them for identifying harmful organisms in people with suspected infections in the digestive tract.
NICE has said that the xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, the FilmArray GI Panel and the Faecal Pathogens B assay show promise but more research is needed before these tests are used in the NHS.
Multiplex PCR tests are designed to find and identify organisms that cause gastroenteritis. The tests can analyse substances from many different viruses, parasites and bacteria at the same time in 1 stool sample. They can also give results more quickly than currently used methods, which involves splitting the sample up to do many different tests.
This page was last updated: 11 January 2017