Clinical Chemistry and Hematology

The field of clinical chemistry and hematology develops in the intersection of medicine and natural science. Innovations from medical, scientific research are reaching the clinical-chemical laboratories quickly and, this way, also the clinics and the offices of general practitioners.

Anemia, tumors, hereditary diseases, failing kidneys, high cholesterol and osteoporosis are just a few examples in the broad spectrum of illnesses that the clinical-chemical laboratory detects or which existence it can confirm.

Clinical-chemical and hematological research is done to obtain useful data about the state of health of patients. The research results can help establish a diagnosis, aid in following the effects of a therapy, steer the fine tuning of medicine prescription and be of good use for giving a prognosis.

ADC’s department of Clinical Chemistry performs clinical-chemical, hematological and immunological research. Research in the clinical-chemical/hematological laboratory is done upon the request of a physician. Based on preliminary, orientative laboratory research, the physician can decide for further analyses.

The test results can help the physician:

  • determine or rule out an illness
  • follow the course of an illness
  • assess the effect of a treatment
  • prevent certain illnesses

Quality

The clinical-chemical/hematological laboratory of the ADC is State-of-the-Art. It is supervised by a European Union registered clinical chemist, who is assisted by well-trained laboratory technicians. This department is since june 2016, NEN-EN-ISO 15189:2012 accredited under the ‘Raad voor Accreditatie’ (RvA) registration number M297, for the actions described in the scope: https://www.rva.nl/.

Hematology

Hematological diagnostics are an important part of the daily activities in a clinical-chemical laboratory. Hematology has multiple research sections.

Hemocytometry

Determining the concentration of blood components (like red and white blood cells and blood platelets) and certain characteristics of cells. This regards the diagnosis and the follow-up in the case of blood diseases like leukemia and lymph gland cancer, the various types of anemia en the quality of blood platelet production.

Blood coagulation

Detecting possible faults in the coagulation of blood. The best known disease where a coagulation factor is missing, is the so-called bleeding disease, also known as hemophilia.
It can also happen that the coagulation speed must be kept low artificially in certain patients. This type of treatment must be checked on frequently. This is done through a coagulation test: the ‘PT/INR’. The physician can determine the optimal dose for ‘blood thinning’ based on this test. (See also: Thrombose Service).

Special chemistry

Research with special characteristics. These are less frequent analyses and/or require both a vast amount of professional knowledge and manual abilities. Examples of tests in this laboratory area are, among other, research regarding hemoglobinopathy, autoimmune diagnostics and allergy testing.