The Future of Asbestos Fibre Counting


Introducing xRapid's xRfiber

Imagine a faster, more accurate and cost-effective way for counting asbestos fibres than the current standard methods all packaged in a seamless and easy to use process.

A fully automated microscope that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose asbestos in xRapid’s latest platform. Slides can be read with the push of a button and a complete report and photo backup are available within minutes.

The single greatest accepted shortcoming of the current asbestos fibre counting practise is the subjectivity of the analyst. xRfiber solves many of the subjectivity issues and can provide consistent reproducible results in an analysis that people had accepted lacked such characteristics on a fundamental level.

As Michael Nguyen, Chief Product Officer of xRapid explains, the xRfiber platform can produce precise results that are consistently reproducible. It is also able to improve on the accuracy of the results as it performs within acceptable ranges of PT samples reliably. The xRfiber platform is also able to increase the efficiency of the counting process as well as mitigate human errors as xRfiber does not get tired or is influenceable by external factors such as bad days. It performs the same on day 1 as it does on day 100 and having multiple units used by a single technician increases sample throughput substantially.

Since the xRfiber launch in June 2017 at the AIHce Congress in Seattle, users and regulators in the US have responded positively to the xRfiber platform with many expressing a great desire for the automation of this process.

xRfiber is currently being used in the US but will be expanding into Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in 2019.

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About xRapid Group

Since its creation in 2015, xRapid Group has expanded very quickly by selling medical diagnostic tests all over the world. xRapid-Lab (used by researchers) and xRapid-Malaria (used in the field), are now sold to retailers, NGOs, hospitals and independent practitioners on four continents. xRapid’s fight against malaria is getting more efficient every day and their impact on global health is now real. After this great medical achievement, xRapid Group decided to contribute to another global issue: the Environment.

Asbestos is a real threat to the environment and thus public health. Exposure to asbestos fibre causes many forms of cancer (most commonly lung cancer), mesothelioma and asbestosis (lung disease) and the impairment of respiratory function. Hundreds of millions of people are exposed to asbestos in their workplace and it kills more than 90,000 people every year.

When xRapid’s CTO confirmed that the technology used by their parasite counter apps could also be used to detect asbestos fibres and help prevent an environmental disaster, the decision was made quickly. After seven months of research and testing,xRapidGroup proudly announced the release of xRfiber: a test kit detecting asbestos fibres in air samples. The technology used is very similar to xRapid’s previous apps. xRfiber will be extremely useful for the construction and mining industry as well as laboratories and proficiency testing firms.

"The accuracy that xRapid has shown in the short time that my laboratory has been using the software is very impressive. There has been a high level of consistency between the software and known QC data, which speaks volumes about the Artificial Intelligence that has been created. This looks to be just the tip of the iceberg for xRapid!"

- Ryan Sutliffe (Forensic Analytical in Las Vegas, NV)

xRfibre Product
For more information on the xRapid xRfiber, please click here or call 1800 000 744 to speak to one of our friendly representatives.

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Mon. 10 Dec 2018

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The Future of Asbestos Fiber Counting