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Table 6 Comparison of the cost of different techniques employed for the diagnosis of malaria

From: Multiplex real-time quantitative PCR, microscopy and rapid diagnostic immuno-chromatographic tests for the detection of Plasmodium spp: performance, limit of detection analysis and quality assurance

Reagents Microscopy BINAXNOW CARESTART QPCR
QIAmp
DNA Extraction
NA NA NA $2.30
TaqMan
master mix and probe
NA NA NA $3.00
BINAXNOW NA $5.00 NA NA
CARESTART NA NA $1.00 NA
Consumables $2.50 $0.20 $0.20 $9.50
Total cost * $2.50 $5.20 $1.20 $14.80
Approximate technologist time # 90 mins 30 mins 30 mins 45 mins
  1. * These are approximate cost estimates are in United States Dollars; it does not include tax and shipping
  2. # Technologist time is restricted to hands-on time with sample preparation and testing