Hot Topic

Hot Topic

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D., presents a case-based scenario on drawing blood from a patient receiving intravenous fluids.

By Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D. • May 7, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Robin Patel, M.D., will review the laboratory methods used to diagnose infectious endocarditis. Specifically, she’ll discuss the role of blood cultures, nucleic acid amplification tests, histopathology, and recently, broad-range bacterial sequencing, and how these methods can assist in the diagnosis of this disease.

By Robin Patel, M.D. • April 2, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Melissa Snyder, Ph.D., will review the diagnostic testing algorithms for celiac disease, and highlight the advantages and limitations of certain tests, including serology and genetic assays.

By Melissa Snyder, Ph.D. • March 5, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Nancy Wengenack, Ph.D., provides an overview of the current Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak and discusses what is known regarding the source of infection. In addition, she will discuss the clinical features of the disease and the recommended laboratory tests that can assist with diagnosis.

By Nancy Wengenack, Ph.D. • February 19, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Robin Patel, M.D., will give the final presentation in a 4-part series on the use of syndromic molecular panels in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

By Robin Patel, M.D. • February 5, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D. will discuss a new interferon-gamma release assay that can assist in the detection of individuals that are infected with tuberculosis.

By Elitza Theel, Ph.D. • January 22, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D., will provide you with an overview of the potential differences in potassium levels that may occur when testing capillary blood versus a venous sample.

By Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D. • January 8, 2018

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” James Stubbs, M.D., will discuss three important transformational changes that are likely to have a significant impact on transfusion medicine.

By James Stubbs, M.D. • December 18, 2017

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D., discusses how the use of syndromic molecular panels may improve the coverage for detecting infectious agents and reduce the turnaround time for reporting results.

By Elitza Theel, Ph.D. • December 4, 2017

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Bobbi Pritt, M.D., will discuss a powerful new technology called “multiplex molecular testing” that can assist in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal infections.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 6, 2017

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Matt Binnicker, Ph.D., explains how syndromic testing can be used to diagnose viral and bacterial respiratory infections, the advantages of using this method, and when a syndromic respiratory panel should be ordered.

By Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D. • October 2, 2017

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” D. Jane Hata, Ph.D., provides an overview of the epidemiology of Zika virus, as well as the possible clinical features of disease and the recommended laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis of Zika virus infection.

By Jane Hata, Ph.D. • September 18, 2017

In this months “Hot Topic,” Christopher Desens, MLS(ASCP) discusses the preparation of platelet-poor plasma for coagulation testing.

By MCL Education • September 17, 2017