Methods for the Identification of Cultured Microorganisms Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
|Publication Date:||1 April 2017|
This guideline establishes best practices for applying and integrating matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionizatio
The intended users of this guideline are microbiologists in private, academic, and commercial diagnostic laboratory settings, including public health laboratories and veterinary diagnostic laboratories.
• Is not intended for use in the research setting
• Is not intended to provide guidance pertaining to identifying microorganisms directly from patient specimens (before culture)
• Does not cover antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) using MALDI-TOF MS
- Although several studies have demonstrated that MALDI-TOF MS can be adapted for this purpose, its utility in a diagnostic laboratory setting remains undefined, and the methods are still in development.