LED fluorescence microscopy used for TB diagnosis

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Germany-based microscopy specialist Carl Zeiss is promoting its Primo Star iLED model LED-fluorescence microscope, developed in cooperation with FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics), for use in detecting tuberculosis bacteria and rapidly diagnosing the disease. The World Health Organisation WHO has recommended the use of LED-fluorescence microscopy for this purpose.

The microscope's optimal image contrast and ease of use allow a reliable and rapid diagnosis, while the economical and robust LED illumination can be switched to battery power in field laboratories and hospitals. This microscope is available in 22 countries with a particularly high rates of tuberculosis infections at a preferential price.

The company is a member of the Stop TB Initiative, sut-up by the World Health Organisation in 2006 to combat tuberculosis and to defeat it completely by 2050.