Product can be conveniently stored at room temperature prior to use for collecting samples for all four organism groups – Viruses, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and Ureaplasma.
UTM™ systems are available with two different tube sizes and different media fill volumes. UTM™ tubes are available in bulk or as patient collection packs that incorporate different combinations of Polyester or Flocked Swabs and media tubes to suit different work patterns and preferences.
Regular 100mm size UTM™ tubes with 3ml medium fill volume enough for multiple tests on the same specimen or Mini 80mm size UTM™ tubes with 1ml medium fill volume to prevent dilution effect are just two of the most popular media fill options available.
All swabs provided with UTM™ feature either a pre-scored breakpoint in the case of Polyester Swabs or a unique molded breakpoint in the case of Flocked Swabs that enables safe, reliable break-off and deposit of swab sticks into transport tubes.
Three glass beads in each tube facilitate the release and dispersion of patient sample material and virus particles from the swab during vortexing, while the skirted tube with distinctive internal conical shape enables centrifugation of samples and allows the tubes to stand upright on the laboratory bench.
One of the most widely used methods for detection of influenza viruses is to collect a nasopharyngeal swab sample. A patient collection pack comprising of Copan UTM™ and Flocked Swabs is ideal to collect and transport such samples. Click to watch this video on the proper method to collect a nasopharyngeal sample using a Copan patient collection pack.