After years of international research instrument which can measure PTH in under 5 minutes has finally arrived.
And I have got two!
It works with whole blood and is incredibly simple to use. Anybody in the operating theatre can do it, nurse, surgeon or even the anaesthetist!FI have spent the last 7 years trying to build such a device using the lateral flow platform. Quite a few teams around the world have tried as well. With the help of many friends and collaborators, I have achieved some interesting and encouraging results but never had enough financial resources and engineering expertise to build a commercially viable system. However, I have learned a lot in the process and became “an expert”.
All credit for this new instrument goes to engineers and entrepreneurs from NBCL (nbcl.nl) who were successful in financing and developing an amazing technology that fulfils all the modern requirements for parathyroid surgery. The instrument is small, fast, reliable, and simple to operate. For now, in my opinion, the race to build the best instrument for Intraoperative PTH monitoring is over, and I am glad I have been beaten by such a formidable side. In the future, I am certain there will be more exciting developments in this field.
For the last year, I have been collaborating with NBCL, and I have just received 2 new instruments which we are going to validate and train our team to use. This is going to happen next week. I will be publishing our results and share them on social media with others, so follow Ultrafasthormones (ultrafasthormones.co.uk) news on Linkedin and Twitter. If you are interested in looking at this new system, we can talk on the phone or organise a Zoom. Instruments already have CE certifications, and we are working on registering them with MHRA (Brexit). Therefore, these instruments cannot be used in the UK for a few months.
I am certain that they could be purchased and installed in your hospital this year. However, it is very important that you and your team undergo appropriate training and have a certificate confirming your ability to perform PTH measurements. After all, successful parathyroidectomy will depend on both surgical skills and accurate measurements of PTH. Theatre staff will take over the laboratory staff responsibility of doing it well, so training is essential.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to take it further.