Running an assay means reading data

The method of getting assay data into LDMS will vary, depending on the assay and available equipment at your laboratory. There are three ways to get assay data into LDMS:

  1. Read the assay output directly from the instrument
  2. Read an output file that was created when the assay was run
  3. Enter the assay results data by hand

LDMS does not really run your assay; it is more accurate to say that LDMS reads assay data, and then stores it. This reading may or may not coincide with running the assay, since the direct read method is not available for all assays. Reading assay output using LDMS is also sometimes referred to as "resulting" an assay in LDMS, since the intent is to get assay results into LDMS's database for long-term storage.

The process of reading an assay in LDMS varies, depending on the assay involved. Below are the steps that apply to most assays:

  1. Select the assay and create a new run on the Assay Selection tab.
  2. Find and chose the specimens in LDMS to be added to the run.
  3. Set up the assay. This would include things like defining the locations of controls on plates, the settings used when running the assay, etc.
  4. Run (i.e. read) the assay. The exact method involved will vary by assay.
  5. Review and accept assay results.
  6. (If the results are for a study where data is managed by Frontier Science) Perform an export.

Figure: Assay Workflow in LDMS