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New technology at St. Luke’s could speed up certain lab results

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DULUTH, MN -- St. Luke's Hospital officials say a new piece of equipment will allow them to get certain lab results in minutes rather than days.

According to hospital spokespeople, the $250,000 "Bruker MALDI Biotyper" technology is the first of its kind in the region.

It's reported to speed up the process of classifying bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Samples that usually have to be sent to outside labs for testing will now be able to be tested at St. Luke's.

"With quicker test results, the timeliness of treatments will be improved and the length of stay and cost for patients will decrease," St. Luke's officials wrote.

"It's a state of the art instrument, it will just improve laboratory turnaround times greatly," said Jennifer Berglund, a micriobiology technical specialist. "We're all really excited to have this technology here, we've been wanting it for a long time."

Doctors anticipate they'll be ready to use the machine in about a month.

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Larissa Milles

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