This briefing covers the need for new TB diagnostics, the use of
technology to improve TB diagnostics in Zambia, and the implications for
policy and practice.
New diagnostic tools currently being tested by the ZAMBART project
- The use of various liquid culture TB laboratory tests to examine the
feasibility and accuracy of rapid TB specimen tests in a
- The use of a digital chest x-ray machine which utilizes a
computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) tool for reading chest x-rays to help
diagnose TB in areas where there is no radiologist;
- The use of containerized TB laboratories in large-scale TB prevalence
Each of these different technologies is aimed at streamlining and improving the patient-provider interaction and allows for more accurate and timely specimen analysis.
ZAMBART Research Briefing. TB in the 21st Century: the impact of new diagnostic tools and approaches