Historically, gastrointestinal parasitism in animals has been diagnosed primarily in a veterinary hospital often using inferior microscopes, poor optics, and questionable image quality to visualize parasitic ova on a slide. The procedure was and often is still performed with minimal technical training often prone to errors, misidentification, and lack of recognition. Now, there is Artificial Intelligence interpreting high-quality images providing veterinarians and pet owners with answers and results in only minutes. All available in the veterinary hospital.
With the Parascan™ technology, veterinary hospitals can reduce the possibility of technical errors, improve parasite identification, and improve the efficiency and reliability of the veterinary technical staff with the convenience of quick results while the patient is still in the exam room.
Parascan™ uses the same “gold standard” Zinc Sulfate centrifugation sample preparation protocol utilized by veterinary reference labs and university parasitology labs.
A sample is inserted into the Parascan™ machine and the Artificial Intelligence uses a high-powered microscope to zoom in on potential problems.
No need for advanced training in microscopy and parasitology. During the microscope scan of the Parascan™ slide, thousands of pictures are taken for the Artificial Intelligence to discern parasitic ova from debris and contaminants in the sample.
The sample is analyzed for all the common gastrointestinal parasites in dogs and cats. The technology and Artificial Intelligence measures multiple size, shape, and integrity parameters of potential parasitic ova and uses a neural network to verify the identity and degree of infection.
Parascan™ creates a full report that can be provided to the pet owner via hard copy, directly e-mailed from the analyzer, or transmitted to the hospital management system. The report can be customized by veterinarians to provide follow-up instructions, treatment options, and management suggestions.
Parascan™ also has the built-in capability of transmitting the parasite images to the reference laboratory and parasitologists for verification and comments on any result. Second opinions are automatically sent back to Parascan™ and prompted to review, finalize, and report.
The innovative technology running on the Parascan™ automated microscope provides veterinary hospitals with fast, reliable, and dependable diagnostics for their clients. No special technical training is required and the fecal sample can be prepped and analyzed while the patient is in the wellness exam or waiting room.
There are an estimated 163 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone. Giardia is a tiny, translucent type of gastrointestinal parasite. Because Giardia is such a small and translucent parasite, it’s incredibly difficult to detect.
In dogs, Giardia cysts don’t appear in the feces until 5-12 days after infection.
In cats, Giardia cysts don’t appear in the feces until 5-16 days after infection.
During a single fecal sample test, there is only a 70% chance of detecting an infection.
Often spread by dogs and cats, it is estimated that as much as 20% of the world's population is infected by Giardia.
With advanced Artificial Intelligence, our microscope technology helps veterinarians and clinic workers identify Giardia and other gastrointestinal parasites in a matter of minutes. This solution provides:
MINUTES OR LESS TO DIAGNOSIS
Parascan™ creates a comprehensive report on the parasites found in the sample in 16 minutes or less.
GASTRO- INTESTINAL PARASITES
Parascan™ can detect up to 7 different gastrointestinal parasites, including the hard-to-detect Giardia.
Millions of Homes With Pets
In 2012, there were 66.5 million homes in the U.S. with pets, but by the end of 2016 that number rose to 79.7 million. With a growing number of household pets, vet clinics and offices around the country and the world are poised to see even greater demand. The technology developed by QMIRA™ allows these clinics to quickly and effectively diagnose gastrointestinal parasites found in dogs and cats.
The technology developed by QMIRA™ has already resulted in groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence which is laying a clear roadmap for the future. In fact, 1.5 billion people worldwide are infected with intestinal parasites. By diagnosing and treating intestinal parasites in animals, we can decrease the transmission of parasites from animals to people. This Artificial Intelligence will also be able to be applied and used in human medicine.
Are you ready to be part of that future? Contact our team to learn more.