Joint Infection Panel is a diagnostic test that uses a multiplex PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology to identify the presence of a wide range of bacteria and fungi in synovial fluid, tissue, and bone samples from patients with suspected joint infections. The test can detect over 27 pathogens, including common causes of joint infections such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus species, and provide results within a few hours. The panel is designed to assist clinicians in making timely and accurate diagnoses, which can help guide appropriate treatment and improve patient outcomes.
If you are experiencing symptoms of joint infection, such as pain, swelling, and fever, and your healthcare provider suspects an infection may be the cause, they may recommend taking the BIOFIRE Joint Infection (JI) test. The test involves collecting a sample of synovial fluid, tissue, or bone from the affected joint, which is then analyzed using multiplex PCR technology to detect the presence of bacteria or fungi. The test can provide results within a few hours, allowing for prompt diagnosis and treatment, which can be critical in preventing the spread of infection and reducing the risk of complications.