Automated Digital Quantitation of Urine Cultures Using the WASPLab

Introduction:
Advances in automation have reduced the time for specimen processing by using robotic systems to inoculate, label, track and incubate plates for culture. However, culture analysis is still a time intensive and costly procedure for the laboratory as technologists have to interpret colony counts to differentiate  pathogens from normal flora for several hundred plates a day. Automation that can count and differentiate colony types on blood plates could help reduce cost of urine cultures bu sorting plates based on colony growth. Recently, software was developed for the WASPLab (Copan, Brescia, IT) that reads digital images and provides quantitation of colony forming units (CFU) from blood agar plates (BAP). In this study, we compare the accuracy of this software to manual analysis. 

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