Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Manual Microscopy: Not a Lost Art

Dr. Natasha Sharda (NS), from the Division of Nephrology, University of Arizona, discusses her abstract for the National Kidney Foundation’s 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings. Open poster: Manual Microscopy: Not a Lost Art

We currently live in the era of technology, constantly surrounded by man-made machines, hand held devices and internet access to which the hospital is no exception. In many ways technology has enhanced the practice of medicine from electronic medical records to automated urinanalysis machines. These advances have been made in attempts to enhance efficacy and reduce human error. However, this begs the question what about computer error? Although advantageous in many ways, can a computer system surpass direct observation and cerebral reasoning? Our research project “Manual Microscopy: Not a Lost Art” sets out to answer this question. It compares reported ranges of granular and muddy brown casts using manual microscopy to that obtained by an automated system in a population of admitted patients experiencing acute kidney injury. Overall it is important to quantify these casts as they may provide prognostic insight.

Read more:
Late-Breaking Abstract: Microscopy? Where Do We Stand

Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases

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