What is the Difference between Molecular Nucleic Acid Amplification Test and RT-PCR?

Both the Abbott ID Now and the RT-PCR are molecular tests that allow the detection of minuscule amounts of nucleic acids such as viral RNA in a biological specimen. The principle behind these tests consists of multiplying the viral RNA in a specimen thousands if not millions of times in order to analyze it

Abbot ID NOW molecular nucleic acid amplification test is a rapid, instrument-based, isothermal (constant temperature) system for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This state-of-the-art technology allows for test results in just minutes. In comparison, the RT-PCR cycles through temperatures that heat and cool the specimen. RT-PCR test results generally take longer but can detect lower levels of viral RNA.

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