Samples can be taken from the anterior (tip) of the nose. The swab sample is then placed into a credit-card sized cartridge. This low-cost single-use disposable unit requires no specialized sample handling.
The swab specimen is inserted directly into the cartridge, the long end is snapped off at the breakpoint and the cartridge is capped off. The cartridge is pre-loaded with all required reagents, inserted and processed in the instrument. Once the test is complete, the cartridge is removed and disposed.