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Do you wonder if the storage and handling of QC materials influences the results? This article gives examples of how the temperature of the QC material and the mixing affects the measured results and explains also how this situations can be avoided.
Several articular diseases are characterised by fluid accumulation in joints. In such patients, arthrocentesis and morphological analysis are essential differential diagnostic tools, with cell count and differentiation being important aspects. This first SEED article about synovial fluid summarises the typical characteristics and recommends procedures for specimen collection and handling.
The request for a urine status in the laboratory routine mostly concerns incoming orders within the scope of health check-ups or screening tests, or problems relating to an existing urinary tract infection or possible haematuria. After urine flow cytometry had made its arrival in urinalysis more than 10 years ago, Sysmex today offers the fluorescence flow cytometers UF-1000i and UF-500i with the advantageous semi-conductor laser technology for the analysis of urine.