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Appl. Sci. 2013, 3(3), 624-635; doi:10.3390/app3030624

Evaluation of Rapid Stain IDentification (RSID™) Reader System for Analysis and Documentation of RSID™ Tests

Independent Forensics, 500 Waters Edge, Suite 210, Lombard, IL 60148, USA
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Received: 14 June 2013 / Revised: 10 July 2013 / Accepted: 29 July 2013 / Published: 5 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rapid Detection Systems)
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Abstract

The ability to detect the presence of body fluids is a crucial first step in documenting and processing forensic evidence. The Rapid Stain IDentification (RSID™) tests for blood, saliva, semen and urine are lateral flow immunochromatographic strip tests specifically designed for forensic use. Like most lateral flow strips, the membrane components of the test are enclosed in a molded plastic cassette with a sample well and an observation window. No specialized equipment is required to use these tests or to score the results seen in the observation window; however, the utility of these tests can be enhanced if an electronic record of the test results can be obtained, preferably by a small hand-held device that could be used in the field under low light conditions. Such a device should also be able to “read” the lateral flow strips and accurately record the results of the test as either positive, i.e., the body fluid was detected, or negative, i.e., the body fluid was not detected. Here we describe the RSID™ Reader System—a ruggedized strip test reader unit that allows analysis and documentation of RSID™ lateral flow strip tests using pre-configured settings, and show that the RSID™ Reader can accurately and reproducibly report and record correct results from RSID™ blood, saliva, semen, and urine tests. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rapid Stain IDentification (RSID™) Reader System; RSID™ Blood Test; RSID™ Saliva Test; RSID™ Semen Test; RSID™ Urine Test; accuracy; reproducibility Rapid Stain IDentification (RSID™) Reader System; RSID™ Blood Test; RSID™ Saliva Test; RSID™ Semen Test; RSID™ Urine Test; accuracy; reproducibility
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Sinelnikov, A.; Kalinina, A.; Old, J.B.; Boonlayangoor, P.W.; Reich, K.A. Evaluation of Rapid Stain IDentification (RSID™) Reader System for Analysis and Documentation of RSID™ Tests. Appl. Sci. 2013, 3, 624-635.

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