T-SPOT technology is an innovative platform for diagnosing disease that is based on the ELISpot (enzyme-linked immunospot) technique, which has been widely used for over two decades. The technology is a simple and accurate method of measuring a person's immune response to infection. Oxford Immunotec has applied the principles of the ELISpot technique to the specific measurement of effector T cells and has simplified, optimized and validated this technique for routine diagnostic use.
Every time an infection occurs, the body produces specific cells, called effector T cells, to fight the infection. T-SPOT tests detect these effector T cells that the body has produced.
T-SPOT technology is the only technique to directly measure T cells that is suitable for routine diagnostic use. The T-SPOT®.TB test is the first diagnostic application of the T-SPOT technology.
T-SPOT.TB is an in vitro diagnostic test for both TB infection and disease.