Tech Brief
WHEN RESULTS MATTER: Increase Pregnancy
Test Accuracy with Porous Wicking Technology

What you will learn in this tech brief:

Audience: design engineers, automotive manufacturers

Summary: For expecting parents, home pregnancy tests are counted on to deliver fast and accurate results, up to 99 percent in fact. However, its reliability can be put to the test if the device is equipped with a subpar wicking component. Failure to properly absorb and deliver samples to a reaction zone can render an incorrect reading that can create unwanted stress and anguish for a new mom and her partner.  For manufacturers, it is imperative that high-quality materials and components be used in these devices to ensure that the consumer receives an accurate test result. Inadequate wicking for example can negatively impact urine sample collection by failing to absorb and flow samples to the testing and binding sites.  In some instances, there may have not been enough urine collected, preventing the wick from delivering the sample to the testing site. In other cases, there may be too much urine collected, flooding the testing site and leading to test failure. In this tech brief, learn how porous polymer media with precise capillary structures and chemistries can be optimized to transfer and deliver samples quickly while providing more accurate results.

What registrants will learn in this tech brief:

  • Understand how challenges with sample collection and media chemistries and properties that lack the proper sensitivity and specificity can impede the accuracy of pregnancy tests.
  • Learn why ill-equipped or poorly structured pregnancy test devices often start with a subpar wick that lack the capillary structure for optimal absorption and delivery to the reaction zone.
  • Discover how porous polymer media can enhance wicking, absorption, and flow in pregnancy testing to deliver a more precise reading.
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