Mycoplasma are too small to be seen in a light microscope. Unlike other bacteria, they don´t visibly change the culture medium. Therefore it is critical to routinely test cultures. When choosing a test method the following aspects should be considered:
- Throughput (How many samples do you need to test at once?).
- Desired turnaround time (How long can you wait for the results? A longer time increases the risk of the contamination spreading).
- Access to the required lab equipment.