How OvaCyte Works

Working of OvaCyte

Diagnosis of intestinal parasite infections involves identification of the eggs or oocysts of the various parasite species in the faeces of the respective host.

The current method of identifying and counting intestinal parasites in both reference laboratories and in veterinary practices is a manual and lengthy process. It involves the veterinarian taking a faecal sample from the host, packing it up and sending to a laboratory for analysis, or conducting their own in-clinic manual microscopy process.

The laboratory then takes at least 48 hours to process and return the results, making the process time-consuming, inefficient and costly with possible animal welfare repercussions due to results delays.

By contrast, the OvaCyte™ technology involves preparing the faecal specimen at the point of care in less than two minutes and simply injecting the prepared sample into the proprietary consumable cassette. The rest of the process is fully automated.

OvaCyte™’s highly advanced, patented cassette features a trapezoidal inner channel that allows for geometric flotation and concentration of parasite eggs onto an upper surface. This concentration of parasite eggs allows the OvaCyte™ automated microscope to capture up to 186 images from one sample, scanning for parasite eggs and then referencing the images against a superior digital parasitology cloud-based reference library.

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Artificial Intelligence-powered image recognition software then diagnoses the parasitic infection or negative result in the sample tested with incredible accuracy and delivers the results on the device and to a web application in minutes.

OvaCyte™ has the ability to identify both helminth eggs as well as oocysts from certain protozoa. Helminth eggs identified include both nematode and cestode eggs.