Clinical Laboratory Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Gets Ever Closer to Reality

Scientists worldwide engaged in research to develop a biomarker for dementia are predicting success, though some say additional research will be needed Could a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease soon be on clinical laboratory test menus nationwide? Perhaps so. A recent Associated Press (AP) article that was picked up by NBC News and other healthcare publications reported that experimental test results presented during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in July suggest...

Harvard Researchers Find that 83% of Radiologists Fail to See Gorilla in the Midst—of a Lung Scan!

Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers should be aware of the possibility of ‘inattentional blindness’ as a potential cause for diagnostic and laboratory error Pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals who regularly analyze images will be interested in the findings of a research study designed to assess how the phenomenon called “inattentional blindness” among radiologists could cause them to possibly miss things hiding in plain sight. ‘Inattentional Blindness’ Occurs Even...

Pathology Study Team Recommends Replacing Traditional Autopsies with Non-invasive, Imaging-based Alternative for the United Kingdom

Evolving imaging technology could begin to replace some traditional autopsy methodologies and encourage an increase in the number of autopsies performed New imaging technology may give pathologists in the United Kingdom a new way to perform non-invasive autopsies. It is another example of how long-standing clinical practices can be transformed by the capabilities of newly developed technologies. Leading experts within the field of post-mortem cross-sectional imaging in Britain have recommended...

In Clinical Trials, Breath Test for Lung Cancer Shows Promise for Earlier Detection

Pathologists may do fewer lung biopsies should non-invasive breath testing technology make it into clinical practice Here’s a medical laboratory test for diagnosing cancer that has the potential to score two runs with one swing of the bat. First, researchers have completed the first clinical trial of a non-invasive cancer test that utilizes a breath specimen. Second, the subject of this clinical trial was lung cancer—a type of cancer that would benefit from a pathology test that can detect the...

Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) Brings the Laboratory to the Patient at the Point of Care

Clinical laboratories will increasingly provide emergency diagnostic services through mobile-unit near-patient testing In an innovation designed to bring the laboratory to the patient, use of a mobile stroke unit (MSU) shortened the time to treatment decision for acute stroke patients. MSUs equipped with imaging systems and medical laboratory point-of-care testing proved capable of providing early diagnosis and intervention. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will immediately...
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