Metropolis Healthcare has recently started testing for COVID-19 in the state of Kerala. The NABL accredited lab located in Kochi has been approved by the ICMR in conducting COVID-19 testing using TrueNat technology.
TrueNat is a chip-based, battery-operated reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kit. RT PCR includes capturing specific genes from the extracted RNA from the sample. A small part of specific RNA is converted to DNA, and then it is amplified to a large amount through a series of chemical processes.
The new TrueNat machines are equipped to detect the E genes and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) genes separately from the virus RNA, and hence these tests are treated as a confirmation for the presence of the novel coronavirus, said the company.
Additionally, Metropolis has six other labs in the country that is already approved for COVID-19 testing at Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore.