[Microbiology] Re: machine/database used to find out bacteria/virus/drug tia sal2

Larry Farrell via microbio%40net.bio.net (by farrlarr from isu.edu)
Sun Jun 8 17:53:31 EST 2008

sal2 wrote:
> Greetings All
> When doctors take samples of blood/urine  to find out what bacteria/virus/
> drug they have.  What type of machine is used to find out what type of 
> bacteria/virus/drug that is in their system?  I'm trying to find out the 
> machine they use and the database they use to cross check bacteria/
> viruses/drugs against each other.
> tia sal2

A really basic issue, suggested by some of the other responses but not 
explicitly addressed, is that doctors do not do *any* of the 
identification, whether machinery is used or not.  The samples taken, 
usually not by the doctor, are sent to the lab where technicians trained 
in identification techniques specific to identification of the types of 
organisms suspected (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) do the actual work 
of identification.  Doctors are trained to use that information for 
diagnosis, but they do not do identification.
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