Welcome to our PathoSense diagnostics page. You are at the start of an exciting journey in the diagnostics of infectious diseases.
PathoSense developed a complete sample-collection-to-diagnostic-interpretation platform for infectious diseases in veterinary medicine. The platform makes use of nanopore sequencing (Oxford Nanopore Technologies, United Kingdom) and is useful for all animal species.
To get you going, we have set up this page with explanations on the workflow and instructions for the proper use of the platform. Please take your time to go through this information, the quality of your analyses will benefit from it.
PathoSense analyses are recommended for use in acute diseased animals. The readout represents well what is going on in the animal at the exact moment of sample collection. This is in contrast to PCR, where genetic corpses of pathogens can be shed for weeks without infectivity.
The PathoSense app can be downloaded for free from the AppStore (Apple) and PlayStore (Google) and is used to register your samples in a fast way. We will collect limited clinical metadata to enable a swift interpretation of your diagnostic case. Click on the link below to register for an account!
All viruses and bacteria can be detected by using random sequencing with Oxford Nanopore Technologies. There is no need to make a prior selection of which pathogens to test for. Strain information is often immediately at hand for viruses. Virulence factor identification and antimicrobial resistance detection will be added for bacteria in the future.
Results are reported in a semi-quantitative manner. This is important, as the pathogen load and the combination of different complexes can influence the disease outcome. Click on the link below to see how an actionable report is delivered in the mobile app and how this can guide you with the interpretation of the case.
As we have a background in academia, we will always find research communication important. Check our knowledge base to learn more about the diagnostics cases which have been submitted by your colleagues, or learn from the scientific publications we have written.
"PathoSense is a Belgian spin-off from Ghent University and aims to make complete diagnostics of infectious diseases accessible for veterinary medicine across the globe."