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Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2014
May 12, 2014
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2014  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Trading Symbol NSTG  
Entity Registrant Name NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001401708  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   18,064,577