Molecular diagnostics: the ‘Game Changer’
In this day and age molecular diagnostic (MD) techniques are conquering the diagnostic world, providing not only the rapid detection of infectious agents and the monitoring of chronic infectious diseases but also the detection of inherited genetic diseases. MD is proving to be the ‘Game Changer’ in reducing the diagnostic ‘turnaround time’ from one week to less than 5 hours, resulting in better patient care and cost effectiveness in health care systems.
The Analytic Diagnostic Centre NV (ADC) has an MD department, located in Otrobanda, that is NEN-EN-ISO 15189:2012 accredited under the ‘Raad van Accreditatie’ (RvA) registration number M297, for the actions described in the scope: https://www.rva.nl/.
This laboratory is equipped with state of the art machines that are operated by dedicated and multidisciplinary, certified lab technicians. It works closely with physicians and medical specialists for fast and accurate results.
Improving the care and the test outcomes for patients is one of the main goals, reason why all assays go through a quality control system before reaching the end point of care.
Genetic material can be isolated from samples collected by physicians or specialist. Sample collection can also be done in one of our eight blood drawing centers.
The department is dedicated to render diagnostic services in a wide range of infectious diseases. From sexually or vertically transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Herpes Simplex Virus 1-2 (HSV) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to causative agents of, for instance, gastroenteritis.
ADC’s MD department offers several panels for a complete Gastroenteritis analysis in order to help physicians during differential diagnostic efforts.
The detection of causative agents of upper and lower respiratory tract infection in one panel or in separate assays is also possible.
The department can also set up new diagnostics assays during outbreaks of several emerging and/or re-emerging Arboviruses like Dengue, Chikungunya and the Zika virus.
The department also works closely with infectologists for the detection and monitoring of chronic infectious diseases like HIV and the Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Virus. Panels designed for immune suppressed patients, for the detection and the quantification of Epstein Barr, BK and CMV viral loads are also available.
The department works closely with ADC’s Pathology department for the screening, detection and genotyping of one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses: Human Papilloma Virus, known as one of the causative agents of genital warts and cancer.
ADC’s MD department also offers screening and monitoring of nosocomial infections.