Clongen Laboratories offers the Western blot immunoassay for Lyme Disease. Specifically, the Western blot detects a patient’s antibodies to a variety of Borrelia burgdorferi proteins. Unlike many other labs that use the human eye to judge the darkness of patients’ bands, Clongen uses a highly accurate optical scanner to calculate the intensity of the bands. The final report for the patient will include a table of bands with the standard +1, +2, +3, and +4 ratings. Also, the report contains an additional printout with both the patient and positive control strip images, and a table with the quantitative optical intensity values of each band present. Although Clongen Laboratories uses CDC standards for grading Western blots, the in-depth report allows physicians to interpret the results for themselves and make the final diagnosis.
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