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Sickle SCAN Rapid Test Featured in New Book on Tropical Medicine Innovations

Publisher Wiley-Blackwell released a new book in May entitled “Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine: Point-of-Care Tests, New Imaging Technologies and Digital Health” by authors/editors Kerry Atkinson and David Mabey. Written for physicians, infectious disease specialists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers, as well as government healthcare managers, the book is an essential and realistic guide to treating and diagnosing patients in low-resource tropical countries based on new technologies.

Chapter 14, written by doctors Amina Nardo-Marino and Tom N. Williams, is entitled Rapid Diagnostic Tests for the Detection of Sickling Hemoglobin. The authors discuss traditional point-of-care screening methods as well as some newer innovations, including Sickle SCAN. From the authors:

The most promising test, however, is a lateral flow immunoassay device marketed as Sickle SCAN. The Sickle SCAN device is a rapid, qualitative lateral flow immunoassay kit that can be used to diagnose the most common forms of SCD (HbSS and HbSC), as well as sickle cell trait (HbAS), using a capillary blood sample.

The book is available now, and more information can be found at the Wiley Online Library at:




  1. Yesterday I discovered my 4months 3weeks old baby had sickle cell. It is and will forever be a major blow to me emotionally..its not fair am so heartbroken…i wish I could trade places with her.

  2. Me and my husband are AS we don’t know before we married as the test we are giving is AA untill after some month. We had one child now that is not SS why we wish to have another one but the fear of not giving birth to SS is preventing us. What can we do?

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