What is the FACT Diagnostic Test?

The FACT™ is an enzyme linked immunosorbent sandwich assay (ELISA) that measures the presence of a Fibronectin-Aggrecan Complex and other related biomarkers in a fluid specimen taken from patients with spine or joint related pain. The presence of this complex and other related biomarkers has been shown in clinical studies to be associated with inflammation due to tissue damage or degeneration. Reference: “Identification of a Complex Between Fibronectin and Aggrecan G3 Domain in Synovial Fluid of Patients with Painful Meniscal Pathology,” Clinical Biochemistry 43 (2010) 808-814, Scuderi, et al.

What are the benefits to FACT Diagnostic Test?

Provides critical justification for reimbursement and future procedures.

What type of sample is needed for the FACT Diagnostic Test?

A small fluid sample taken from the disc or joint space.

What is the benefit for the patient?

The FACT test helps to reduce the potential of unnecessary or repeat procedures.

What is the cost for the patient?

The amount for which you are responsible will vary depending on your health care provider. Cytonics will bill for the FACT diagnostic test, as the provider of the lab service. Depending on your individual health care plan, you may have financial responsibility of any applicable co-payments, co-insurance, or deductible for the test.

What consent is required from the patient?

The “Patient Authorization” section of the Test Request Form must be signed by the patient. This authorization serves as consent for the specimen collection.

What is APIC?

Autologous Platelet Integrated Concentrate.