For many years saliva has been used as a biological fluid for the detection of different biomarkers such as electrolytes, hormones, drugs and antibodies in human and veterinary medicine. Indeed, the field of salivary diagnostics has become a billion dollar market in the USA alone, in what is becoming a truly global industry.
Sample collection is non-invasive, painless and very convenient – especially for clients / patients. These are the key advantages to using this mode as opposed to blood, which rapidly
is more cumbersome, invasive, sometimes painful, carries greater risk of infection and in most environments requires medical supervision. Also, for many, the simple notion of blood testing is unsavoury.
Furthermore, collecting saliva samples is possible any time, day or night because of the overall convenience of collection. Saliva collection can be accomplished under circumstances where blood collection is difficult or inadvisable.
Samples can be collected quickly and easily using the SOMA OFC II and analysed within a matter of minutes from collection using the SOMA LFD Reader or Cube Reader and / or sent to the lab where a wider range of tests are available. The SOMA OFC II can be used as a stand alone collection device, even if not using the SOMA Point of Care testing range.