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  2008 CAP TODAY Article Index

 

Cap Today

Note: This index does not cover the CAP TODAY “Marketplace” or “Abstracts” columns.

AACC meetings
AACC meeting packed with speakers, exhibits, 6/08:85
Nearly 20,000 in DC for exhibits, educational sessions, 10/08:73

Alzheimer disease
Ageless quest-hunt for AD biomarkers, 10/08:1
A serum antibody targeting brain microglia, 10/08:54

AIDS/HIV/other blood-borne diseases
Subtypes put HIV viral loads in spotlight, 9/08:1

Analyzer surveys (see Instrumentation/instrument surveys)

Anatomic pathology
Small no more-stopping the erosion of control in AP, 2/08:1
Vision quest-fresh look at AP automation, 8/08:1
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging, 9/08:5

Automation
Vision quest-fresh look at AP automation, 8/08:1
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging, 9/08:5

Billing
Vendors bank on new billing system features, 5/08:12
Wins, worries on reimbursement battlefields, 8/08:1
An appealing decision in Fla. PC payment case, 8/08:5
Ruling casts shadow on accepted billing practice, 10/08:1

Biomarkers
New clue for predicting stroke risk: Lp-PLA2, 7/08:1

Biospecimens/biorepository science
Locking in freshness-keeping biospecimens fit, 9/08:48
For biorepository setup, consider consent, QA, and more, 9/08:56

Blood/coagulation/hematology (see also Blood banking/transfusion)
Common coagulation problems: Looking for trouble in all the right places, 1/08:1
Plenty that's new and improved in coagulation market, 1/08:16
Bringing new rigor to RhIG calculations, 5/08:1
Punching a hole in specimen ID errors, 6/08:1
Class action for myeloproliferative disorders, 9/08:1
Coag collision course-cancer and thrombosis, 11/08:1
Sneak preview: normal prothrombin time and aPTT, 12/08:40
Clot knot-unraveling tests for coag disorders, 12/08:50

Blood banking/transfusion (see also Blood/coagulation/hematology)
Bringing new rigor to RhIG calculations, 5/08:1
Adjusting to the new anticoagulation safety rules, 5/08:92
FOR RBCs, out with the old, in with the new? 6/08:100
Companies fashion features to beef up blood bank systems, 9/08:12
Soon, all eyes on better blood use, 12/08:1

Breast cancer
Estrogen receptor testing-does your lab have the right stuff? 1/08:60
A look at HER2 testing today, HER2 tomorrow, 2/08:1
Amazing mets test? Sizing up a new assay, 5/08:1

Cancer
For pathologists, the future arrives this June, 4/08:5
SNP to it-moving arrays into clinical use, 4/08:14
Amazing mets test? Sizing up a new assay, 5/08:1
Starting point for lung cancer drugs: spot-on diagnoses, 6/08:1
Class action for myeloproliferative disorders, 9/08:1
Coag collision course-cancer and thrombosis, 11/08:1

CAP ’08
For outstanding service, awards aplenty, 10/08:66
Tapping 'hidden' sources of pathology revenue, 12/08:5
Clot knot-unraveling tests for coag disorders, 12/08:50

CAP Foundation
For pathologists, the future arrives this June, 4/08:5

CAP news (see also CAP ’08)
Feather in your CAP-ACCME's highest accreditation, 10/08:88

CAP programs/products/services (see also Q-Probes and test management)
Looking to hike tissue donations for HER2 Surveys, 3/08:15
MRSA Survey and others energize next year's lineup, 10/08:5
Labs on the brink of ISO 15189 approval, 11/08:1
Sneak preview: normal prothrombin time and aPTT, 12/08:40

Capitol Scan
A defense of PC billing, 1/08:75
Cytology PT House bill now has companion in Senate, 1/08:75
Cut in physician payment conversion factor delayed, 1/08:76
House to vote on cytology bill, 4/08:108
Defeating licensure legislation, 4/08:108
Blocking physician payment cuts, 4/08:108
Right to bill for PC defended, 5/08:116
House passes cytology act, 5/08:116
A direct billing law in Maryland, 5/08:116
Court supports HHS clampdown on pod labs, 5/08:116
CAP responds to proposed 2009 physician fee schedule, 10/08:113

Careers/employment
Labs coming up short in finding new talent: Compass group looks in all directions to solve the crisis, 6/08:75
The eyes don't have it-facing a shortfall in ophthalmic pathology, 9/08:1

Coagulation (see Blood/coagulation/hematology)

Co-mingling of radiology and pathology (see also Radiology)
At Molecular Summit, mix and match diagnostics, 1/08:5
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging, 9/08:5

Commentary
Physician, define thyself-pathology's real role, 5/08:5

Company profiles/news
Small no more-stopping the erosion of control in AP, 2/08:1

Compass group
Start spreading the news: Compass Group makes its case for lab's value, 5/08:73
Labs coming up short in finding new talent: Compass group looks in all directions to solve the crisis, 6/08:75

CPT questions/coding
CPT ’08-tallying what's new and revised for labs, 1/08:47
How do you bill "donuts" as separate specimens from a colon cancer resection?, 1/08:75
What is the correct CPT code for a previable fetus-that is, less than 20 weeks gestation or less than 500 grams?, 1/08:75
What CPT code should we use for a medical tech who refers a peripheral smear with some immature cells to a pathologist, who then reviews and issues a written interpretive report?, 3/08:44
What CPT code should we use for a pathologist who reviews an abnormal CBC, renders a diagnosis of microcytic hypochronic anemia and recommends initial followup testing?, 3/08:44
What codes should we assign a nephrectomy specimen with adrenal gland for renal cell carcinoma?, 7/08:129
How should we handle billing for bronchial washings and bronchial brushings (two separate specimens) from a bronchoscopy?, 7/08:129
How should we code a computed tomography-guided needle biopsy of an abdominal mass diagnosed as adenocarcinoma?, 12/08:62
Can our group charge for the pathologist's evaluation of the quality control Pap smears the cytotechnologist has screened?, 12/08:62
How should a core biopsy of an upper thigh mass, with a final diagnosis of sarcoma, not otherwise specified, be reported?, 12/08:62

Critical values
Making the right calls on critical values, tests, 8/08:12
Critical values-looking closely at calls, cutoffs, 11/08:80

Cystic fibrosis
7 years into CF carrier screening, and still controversy, 11/08:66

Cytopathology/histology (see Cytopathology Programs Review)

Cytopathology Programs Review
Perilous times for the Pap test?, 2/08:48
Cervical cancer screening’s future in the post-vaccination era-a viewpoint, 2/08:48
Q & A: How do you correlate cytologic cases with histologic findings? And how do you correlate cytology with clinical information?, 2/08:52
Always inspection-ready, 2/08:54
CAP HPV Survey to begin soon, 2/08:57
A dialogue on thyroid disease reporting and management, 5/08:48
Cervical cancer screening guidelines-communicating the right message, 5/08:60
Decade of wisdom on ultrasound-guided FNAs, 8/08:51
For all of us, a place to ponder cytopathology's future, 8/08:51
Practice patterns in HPV testing, 8/08:54
Q & A: Options for missing a scheduled gynecologic cytology proficiency test, 8/08:60
Q & A: Does CLIA regulation 493.801(4) apply to referral of gynecologic cytology PT material?, 8/08:60
Q & A: How inflexible are the review date requirements for the checklist standards CYP.02500 and CYP.08500?, 8/08:60
Q & A: Should pathologists order HPV DNA testing on a six-month followup, that is ASC-US, if the initial Pap test was a low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion?, 8/08:61
For cytotechnologists, molecular training a must, 8/08:62
Heads in the sand-or not?, 8/08:62

Diagnostic tests/test kit
Things heat up for personalized testing, 8/08:1

Digital pathology/digital imaging/computer-assisted imaging
Digging their way in: digital pathology systems, 2/08:70
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging, 9/08:5
Minute by minute, digital a boon to tumor board, 10/08:58

Editorials of CAP president (see from the President’s Desk)

Estrogen receptors
Estrogen receptor testing-does your lab have the right stuff?, 1/08:60

Firsthand Views
What I wish for you, 1/08:86
The folded-arm enthusiast, 2/08:114
A myth about an assumption about a lie, 3/08:122
The idea-killing machine, 4/08:118
'Wimpership' in place of leadership, 5/08:126
Putting employees first, 6/08:142
The arranged marriages of business, 7/08:142
A call for imagination, 8/08:110
Executives and success, 9/08:126
Caring for those who do the work, 10/08:126
A friend of talent or bureaucracy? 11/08:130
The tough job of spotting talent, 12/08:94

FISH (Fluorescence in situ hybridization)
In microbiology, speedy results with PNA probes, 9/08:84

From the President's Desk
How we mentor young physicians, 1/08:11
Taking off the training wheels, 2/08:11
Personalized medicine's promise, 3/08:11
What it means to be a physician, 4/08:11
Blue-ocean thinking on subspecialization, 5/08:11
On extinguishing the bystander effect, 6/08:11
The power of horizontal thinking, 7/08:11
Creating a transformative culture, 8/08:11
Transformational pathology, 9/08:11
How we will get to the next level, 10/08:11
Transformational pathology takes shape, 11/08:11
What's driving our reinvention, 12/08:11

Future trends
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging, 9/08:5
Locking in freshness-keeping biospecimens fit, 9/08:48
Ageless quest-hunt for AD biomarkers, 10/08:1

Genetics
7 years into CF carrier screening, and still controversy, 11/08:66

Glucose/insulin/blood sugars
Speeding toward real time with POC glucoses, 3/08:5
Putting glucose data to hospitalwide use, 7/08:1

Glycemic control
Putting glucose data to hospitalwide use, 7/08:1

Health care reform
Health care under Obama-what to expect, 12/08:1

Hematopathology
Class action for myeloproliferative disorders, 9/08:1

HER2
Lifting the quality of IHC analysis, 1/08:1
A look at HER2 testing today, HER2 tomorrow, 2/08:1
Looking to hike tissue donations for HER2 Surveys, 3/08:15

Immunohistochemistry
Lifting the quality of IHC analysis, 1/08:1

Infection control
Tuberculosis testing no longer skin deep, 11/08:1

Informatics (see also Automation, information systems/software technologies)
Informatics to the rescue in fixing 'blunt end' AP errors, 7/08:88
Vision quest-fresh look at AP automation, 8/08:1

Information systems/software technologies (see also Automation)
To gather, e-mail, or call . . . or simply skip it all (anatomic pathology systems), 2/08:12
Anatomic pathology computer systems survey (PDF, 876 KB), 2/08:21
Digging their way in: digital pathology systems, 2/08:70
Vendors' views on the function and future of middleware (middleware systems), 3/08:18
Middleware systems survey (PDF, 103 KB), 3/08:22
Using IT to anchor outreach in the black, 4/08:1
Demands of molecular outstrip ordinary LISs, 4/08:44
LPL vendors fix on future, set common course (laboratory-provider links software), 4/08:70
Laboratory-provider links software survey (PDF, 171 KB), 4/08:72
Sifting through software-how one lab chooses, 4/08:87
Vendors bank on new billing system features (billing/accounts receivable systems), 5/08:12
Billing/accounts receivable systems survey (PDF, 211 KB), 5/08:20
How investments in positive ID pay out in patient safety (positive patient identification systems and products), 7/08:16
Positive patient identification systems and products survey (PDF, 115 KB), 7/08:19
Companies fashion features to beef up blood bank systems (blood bank systems software), 9/08:12
Blood bank information systems survey (PDF, 115 KB), 9/08:16
Moving to a new LIS? Let the headaches begin (PDF, 4.2 MB), 11/08:12
Laboratory information systems survey (PDF, 4.2 MB), 11/08:16
Differential strokes-May's take on middleware, 11/08:47

Instrumentation/instrument surveys
Plenty that's new and improved in coagulation market (coagulation analyzers), 1/08:16
Coagulation analyzers survey (PDF,1.3 MB ), 1/08:20
Flexibility at heart of automation solutions (automation systems), 3/08:60
Lab automation systems and workcells survey (PDF, 163 KB), 3/08:63
Safety at the center of glucose meter developments (bedside glucose testing systems ), 4/08:20
Bedside glucose testing systems survey, (PDF, 128 KB), 4/08:24
Adjusting to the new anticoagulation safety rules (coagulation analyzers—point of care, self-monitoring), 5/08:92
Coagulation analyzers-point of care, self-monitoring survey (PDF, 144 KB), 5/08:98
Sensitivity, software, new tests for immunoassay needs (automated immunoassay analyzers survey), 6/08:20
Automated immunoassay analyzers survey (PDF, 290 KB), 6/08:24
All eyes on broad test menus, integrated platforms (chemistry analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories), 7/08:42
Chemistry analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories survey (PDF, 180 KB), 7/08:46
For blood gas analyzers, improvements all around (in vitro blood gas analyzers), 8/08:18
In vitro blood gas analyzers survey (PDF, 127 KB), 8/08:19
For nucleic acid extraction, choices galore, 10/08:1
Powerful possibilities for low-volume laboratories (survey of chemistry analyzers for low-volume laboratories), 10/08:18
Chemistry analyzers for low-volume laboratories survey (PDF, 542 KB), 10/08:22
Integrated analyzers: proof is in the throughputting, 11/08:3
Much ado about size, standardization, simplicity, and specimen transport (hematology analyzers), 12/08:18
Hematology analyzers survey (PDF, 510 KB), 12/08:22

Insulin (see Glucose/insulin/blood sugars)

Integrated delivery networks
Labs coming up short in finding new talent: Compass group looks in all directions to solve the crisis, 6/08:75

LAP News
Made to order-online customized checklists, 9/08:79

Lab utilization
What's the use? Mending lab utilization, 2/08:1
No going it alone on test use, 3/08:1

Laboratory Accreditation News: Queries and Comments
Documenting frozen section diagnoses (ANP.11820) and determining whether collection of TAT can be assigned to technical staff, 9/08:79
Competency assessments for nonlaboratory personnel in a CAP-accredited lab (GEN.40505), 9/08:80
Information required in a laboratory's technical personnel records (GEN.54750), 9/08:80
Requiring proficiency testing samples from all staff performing patient testing, including second- and third-shift employees (CHM.10200), 9/08:82
How often hematology competencies should be documented (HEM.34400, HEM.35566, URN.30800), 9/08:82

Laboratory consolidation
Integrated analyzers: proof is in the throughputting, 11/08:3

Laboratory outreach
Outreach jujitsu-battle-tested sales advice, 7/08:107

Laboratory profiles
No going it alone on test use, 3/08:1
Merged lab on track with efficient design, 3/08:46
Vision quest-fresh look at AP automation, 8/08:1
Laying antiquated autopsy facilities to rest, 8/08:82

Language standardization (see SNOMED)

Lean manufacturing principles/Six Sigma
With Lean's help, 14 inspections soon to be one, 10/08:44

Legal issues/actions (see also Medical mistakes)
Green light for class arbitration on PC payment, 7/08:5
An appealing decision in Fla. PC payment case, 8/08:5
Ruling casts shadow on accepted billing practice, 10/08:1

Letters
Bone marrow biopsy, 1/08:11
Peripheral smear review guidelines, 1/08:11
PQRI bonus payments, 5/08:8
A mentoring option, 5/08:11
Breast lymph node assay, 7/08:11
The doctor's doctor, 7/08:14
Error reporting system, 8/08:11
Patient identification, 8/08:11

Medical mistakes (see also Legal issues/actions)
Punching a hole in specimen ID errors, 6/08:1

Medicare/Medicaid (see also Medicare entries under Capitol Scan)
Pathology joins the PQRI plan this year, 1/08:1
PT referral raising red flags with CMS, 3/08:1
Wins, worries on reimbursement battlefields, 8/08:1
Tapping 'hidden' sources of pathology revenue, 12/08:5

Microbiology
In microbiology, speedy results with PNA probes, 9/08:84

Middleware
Flexing connectivity muscle with middleware, 3/08:36
Differential strokes-May's take on middleware, 11/08:47

Molecular diagnostics (see also Polymerase chain reaction [PCR] technology)
For molecular, a brand-new way (interview with Daniel Farkas, MD), 1:08:35
Too fast or too slow on PGx testing?, 3/08:1
Viral virtuoso-RT-PCR as first-line test, 4/08:1
SNP to it-moving arrays into clinical use, 4/08:14
Demands of molecular outstrip ordinary LISs, 4/08:44
Amazing mets test? Sizing up a new assay, 5/08:1
Class action for myeloproliferative disorders, 9/08:1
For nucleic acid extraction, choices galore, 10/08:1

MRSA screening/infection
Mitigating MRSA, steps ahead of the law, 5/08:1
Staphylococcus aureus screening methods, today and to come, 5/08:46

Nanotechnology
The small, small world of quantum dots, 12/08:1

Newsbytes
New resource directory for health care IT grants, 1/08:72
Project HealthDesign teams making hay with PHRs, 1/08:72
Free software for detecting infectious disease outbreaks, 1/08:73
Aperio secures license for digital pathology technology, 1/08:73
Impac donates $1.6 million e-health record system, 1/08:73
Dell to market InfoLogix services and technology, 1/08:74
Two groups trying to pick formal definitions that stick for health IT terms, 2/08:98
Free e-learning course on basics of radio-frequency ID technology, 2/08:98
Practice Fusion enters two alliances for EMR, 2/08:98
Meditech partners with DrFirst, 2/08:99
NextGen formally launches business division, 2/08:99
How one medical center is using a software module to decentralize image analysis, 3/08:104
Sunquest integrates anatomic pathology system with mTuitive software, 3/08:104
PAML launches outreach technology business, 3/08:105
EasyPath Software releases free software program, 3/08:106
Wyndgate ElDorado Donor system gets FDA clearance, 3/08:106
Aspyra releases updated version of CyberLab LIS, 3/08:106
Compuware buys Hilgraeve, 3/08:106
CDC grants support IT projects to prepare for pandemic influenza, 4/08:104
Impac and Aperio developing interface to link systems, 4/08:105
New service migrates film and paper to digital data, 4/08:105
CCHIT announces expansion plans, 4/08:105
How curbing clicking may boost benefits of EMRs, 5/08:117
Cerner to market Wyndgate blood management systems, 5/08:117
Misys and Allscripts to merge, 5/08:118
Application for monitoring client service levels, 5/08:118
Fletcher-Flora marketing connectivity software, 5/08:118
Flash drive tool to transfer dictation software licenses, 5/08:118
MCN releases new version of policy management system, 5/08:118
Security safeguards: How to protect your laboratory's data, 6/08:127
Novovision launches digital dictation system, 6/08:128
New AHRQ Web site focuses on health care innovations, 6/08:128
HMS introduces public health surveillance system, 6/08:129
VeriChip marketing patient ID microchip, 6/08:129
RelayHealth buys vendor of revenue cycle software, 6/08:129
Health care IT terms defined, but will they be deployed?, 7/08:124
GE Healthcare and UPMC found digital solutions company, 7/08:126
MedAvant Healthcare Solutions to sell lab services business, 7/08:126
StarLims Technologies launches informatics consulting business, 7/08:126
Dawning and Medical Automation Systems form business partnership, 7/08:126
Vendors selected for PQRI pilot program, 7/08:126
Health information technology projects: from the military to the mainstream, 8/08:96
Novovision debuts hosted anatomic pathology platform, 8/08:97
Mediware launches dedicated business unit, 8/08:97
Global Med Technologies announces U.S. release of cellular therapy software, 8/08:97
Orchard marketing new version of Harvest LIS, 8/08:97
Vachette Pathology expands services via agreement with The Coding Network, 8/08:98
Interventional informatics: from a bunker to the bedside, 9/08:113
Healthvision acquires MediSolution information systems division, 9/08:114
Global Med Technologies buys blood donor management system, 9/08:114
Novovision debuts report interface module for NovoPath product, 9/08:114
Latest version of Opus lab system offers smartphone reporting, 9/08:114
New release of SNOMED CT available, 9/08:114
3M Health marketing coding application, 9/08:116
Data Innovations releases upgrade to Instrument Manager rules engine, 9/08:116
Cognition Technologies launches abstracts database, 9/08:116
Biovigilance network: ready, set, pilot test, 10/08:114
Aspyra to market billing products from Data Strategies, 10/08:114
Meditech supports Sato bar-code printer, 10/08:114
Sunquest releases new version of CoPathPlus, 10/08:114
SCC gets FDA approval for upgrade to SoftBank II, 10/08:115
New organization to study cell phone use in health care, 10/08:115
Practice Fusion provides free academic program, 10/08:115
Nuance offering upgrade to Dragon Medical, 10/08:115
Dairyland changes name and purchases company, 10/08:115
Lab design tips: add space, avoid waste, check haste, 11/08:116
Impac conjoins PowerPath with Amirsys system, 11/08:116
Nuance Communications acquires Philips Speech Recognition Systems, 11/08:116
Sunquest partners with Finnish LIS company, 11/08:117
CDC contracts with ATCC for influenza resource, 11/08:117
Allscripts and Misys complete merger, 11/08:117
Cloud computing: a new twist on an old concept?, 12/08:84
Precision Dynamics buys TimeMed Labeling Systems, 12/08:84
Sunquest purchases Anglia Healthcare Systems, 12/08:84
IntelliDot and Iatric Systems refine interface arrangement, 12/08:84
Data Innovations releases IMLink service offering, 12/08:85
SoftTech introduces module for publishing to intranet, 12/08:85

Obituary
F. Wells Brason, MD, 2/08:76

Ophthalmic pathology
The eyes don't have it-facing a shortfall in ophthalmic pathology, 9/08:1

Outreach labs
Using IT to anchor outreach in the black, 4/08:1

Pathology residents
First-year residents-let's start from the very beginning, 12/08:72

Pathologists overseas
Going to Ghana, pathology expertise in tow, 4/08:95
Foreign exchange-gleaning ideas from labs abroad, 12/08:64

Patient ID systems
Punching a hole in specimen ID errors, 6/08:1

Patient safety
Never give in-fighting for POC patient safety, 6/08:5
Informatics to the rescue in fixing 'blunt end' AP errors, 7/08:88

Payment issues
Mitigating MRSA, steps ahead of the law , 5/08:1
Green light for class arbitration on PC payment, 7/08:5
Wins, worries on reimbursement battlefields, 8/08:1
An appealing decision in Fla. PC payment case, 8/08:5
Tapping 'hidden' sources of pathology revenue, 12/08:5

Personalized medicine/testing
Things heat up for personalized testing, 8/08:1

Pharmaceuticals
Starting point for lung cancer drugs: spot-on diagnoses, 6/08:1

Pharmacogenomics
Too fast or too slow on PGx testing?, 3/08:1

Point-of-care testing
Speeding toward real time with POC glucoses, 3/08:5
Putting POCT in good hands, 4/08:1
Never give in-fighting for POC patient safety, 6/08:5

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology
Viral virtuoso-RT-PCR as first-line test, 4/08:1
Amazing mets test? Sizing up a new assay, 5/08:1

Proficiency testing (see also Laboratory Accreditation News)
PT referral raising red flags with CMS, 3/08:1
Looking to hike tissue donations for HER2 Surveys, 3/08:15

Proteomics
For pathologists, the future arrives this June, 4/08:5

Qdots
The small, small world of quantum dots, 12/08:1

Q & A
Calculating African-American race for glomerular filtration rate (Stevens), 1/08:71
Applicability of 30-min rule for release of red blood cell units (AuBuchon), 1/08:71
Below what weight can we omit inspection of internal organs and sampling of internal organs for histology? (Sinard) 2/08:96
How should one deal with a hemolyzed or icteric specimen for a CBC? (Novak) 2/08:96
How to thaw serum and plasma specimens (Kiechle) 3/08:108
Necessity of differential cell count for CSF samples with normal cell counts (Nelson), 3/08:109
Need for critical values for BUN (Woodhouse) 4/08:107
Necessity of confirming, by breath test or biopsy, results of serum that tested negative for H. pylori (Ginocchio) 4/08:107
Should estrogen and progesterone receptor status be routinely determined in pure ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS? (Lester), 5/08:112
Doing HER2/neu testing on ductal carcinoma in situ (Bleiweiss), 5/08:114
Six-sample needle biopsy on a patient whose PSA changed from 4.6 ng/mL to 1.6 ng/mL in a two-week period (Fritsche), 5/08:114
Why secretaries, clerks, and other patient-care assistants cannot pick up blood products issued as emergent releases (Kresie), 5/08:114
Stopping oncologists from designating a pathologist to read their case (Catalano), 6/08:126
Can dark-field microscopy on an oral lesion be falsely positive due to commensal spirochetes? (Arcenas) , 6/08:126
Determining when to report a very-low-density lipoprotein, or VDL, calculation? (Miller), 7/08:127
Should unfractionated heparin be monitored by APTT or by an anti-factor Xa method calibrated using unfractionated heparin standard? (Hollensead), 7/08:127
Is it necessary to analyze the fasting glucose before giving a patient glucola for a glucose tolerance test? (Sacks), 8/08:98
How long should you wait after a unit of blood has been transfused before drawing a complete blood count? (Reik), 8/08:98
Are there policies regarding the performance of repeated manual differential white blood cell counts for patients with low total leukocyte counts? (Galagan), 8/08:100
What are the recommended policies for allowing nurse practitioners or physician assistants to write orders for crossmatches and infusions of blood products? (Kresie) 8/08:100
What is the validity of running and reporting a manual-spun hematocrit on a patient with a cold agglutinin causing severe agglutination when observed on a blood smear? (Galagan), 9/08:111
Acceptability of establishing critical/call range by INR instead of protimes, (Olson), 9/08:111
What is the protocol for Kleihauer-Betke stain testing? (Davis, R/Davis, B), 10/08:110
What is the wait time before having blood drawn or urine collected after a procedure in which radiology contrast media are used? (Ernst), 10/08:112
Is there a recommendation or requirement for archiving unstained slides for immunohistochemistry or other special studies if the slides are not used, or a suggested time frame after which they may be discarded? (Brown), 10/08:113
Should the reference range for vancomycin serum trough levels be increased? (Johnson), 11/08:113
What are the clinical applications for the Roche AmpliChip CYP450 test? (Farkas), 11/08:114
Please discuss large granular lymphocytes and natural killer cells, (Novak), 12/08:81
What are the best chemical tests to diagnose or follow patients with osteopenia/osteoporosis? (Kleerekoper) , 12:08:81
Should an orthopedic surgeon send knee and hip bones from patients with osteoarthritis to pathology for examination against his will? (Catalano), 12/08:82

Q-Probes and test management
Good news on critical values, says Q-Probes audit, 2/08:5

Radiology (see also Co-mingling of radiology and pathology)
At Molecular Summit, mix and match diagnostics, 1/08:5

Respiratory viruses
Are we there yet? New respiratory panels, 7/08:1

Screening tests
Viral virtuoso-RT-PCR as first-line test, 4/08:1
SNP to it-moving arrays into clinical use, 4/08:14
In microbiology, speedy results with PNA probes, 9/08:84
Tuberculosis testing no longer skin deep, 11/08:1
7 years into CF carrier screening, and still controversy, 11/08:66

Self-testing (see Point-of-care testing)

SNOMED (see also Language standardization)

SNP arrays
SNP to it-moving arrays into clinical use, 4/08:14

Specimen collection
Punching a hole in specimen ID errors, 6/08:1

Stroke
New clue for predicting stroke risk: Lp-PLA2, 7/08:1

System review series (see Information systems/software technologies)

Test management
Good news on critical values, says Q-Probes audit, 2/08:5

Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis testing no longer skin deep, 11/08:1

Viruses/viral outbreaks/virology
New century, new viruses, new worries, 6/08:1
Are we there yet? New respiratory panels, 7/08:1

Volunteer/charity work
Going to Ghana, pathology expertise in tow, 4/08:95
Foreign exchange-gleaning ideas from labs abroad, 12/08:64

 

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