Rapid CDIATM HCG kits are intended for pregnancy screening by detecting the HCG in the urine.
Human chronic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the developing placenta shortly after fertilization. The hCG appears soon after conception and only during early stages of pregnancy. hCG is an ideal marker for the early detection of pregnancy. It stimulates progesterone production by the ovary and the placenta and helps maintain the pregnancy. hCG reaches a peak level at about 8 to 10 weeks and then declines for the remainder of the pregnancy. Quantitative hCG(β-hCG) testing measures the amount of hCG present in the blood. It may be used to confirm a pregnancy. It may also be used, along with a progesterone test, to help diagnose an ectopic pregnancy, to help diagnose and monitor a pregnancy that may be failing, and/or to monitor a woman after a miscarriage.