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The Science Behind InstaScope

The InstaScope mold detection instrument is the revolutionary new way to detect airborne mold levels in your home or building. By using the latest technology, InstaScope provides scientific results, plus room-by-room airborne mold levels, and can even help locate active mold sources.

Why Traditional Testing Methods May Not Provide Accurate Results

  • Traditional testing methods rely only on a few samples.
  • The available options rely on a visual inspection and interpretation by a laboratory technician.
  • Sampling protocols often require sending samples through the mail, where they are subject to environmental factors that may corrupt samples. Methods that use direct microscopy can produce variable results due to the human factor involved.
  • Testing using the current available methods is less effective in identifying areas of concern.

How It Works

InstaScope detects mold using optical detection and identification technology originally developed for detecting biological aerosols. More specifically, an internal spectrophotometer is used to inspect the particles in the air, one at a time. As the InstaScope instrument is moved through a room, particles of air are drawn into an optical cavity in the system. Each particle is then illuminated by a high-powered laser, allowing for InstaScope to detect and identify each particle as though it were under a microscope.

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instascope samples by room

The Report

The InstaScope report delivers simple, color-coded results for each area it scans, telling the customer three key pieces of information:

  • Whether there is an increased concentration of airborne mold against an exterior scan baseline.
  • Whether there is a difference in the airborne mold profile between scanned areas and/or the baseline.
  • Recommendations for how to address each area.


This status is indicative of a clean, structurally sound home or building. These areas have airborne mold levels that are less than or not statistically greater than the concentrations outside, and are not significantly different from outdoor mold types.


These areas have airborne mold levels that are moderately higher than the concentrations outside the home or building or are significantly different from the outdoor mold types. These levels suggest a concern that may require additional action/inspection.


These areas have airborne mold levels that are significantly higher than would be expected in a typical home or building or are otherwise significantly different from the airborne mold outside. These levels suggest a problem that requires action.

The most impressive part? All of this is done in real time.

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