General Information, Immunochemistry

Test Update: Beta-2 Glycoprotein 1 Antibodies

Effective November 5th, testing for Beta-2 Glycoprotein 1 antibodies (IgG and IgM, serum) will change from a reference send out test to Mayo Medical Laboratories to an in-house test available at Spectrum Health Laboratories.  This testing is useful for evaluation of patients of suspected antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

In addition, a new Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Panel will be added which allows for appropriate and complete testing for antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This panel includes:

Lupus Screen

Cardiolipin IgG and IgM Antibodies

Beta-2 Glycoprotein 1 IgG and IgM Antibodies

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Advanced Technology Lab Says Goodbye to the Canto 1

October 25th marked the retirement of “Canto 1” in Flow Cytometry. The Canto 1 is actually quite famous in Flow Cytometry circles as it was the very first 6-color BD FACSCanto used in a clinical laboratory in the United States!

Canto 1 joined our lab in September 2005 and worked incredibly hard over the last 14 years to provide our patients with prompt and accurate diagnostic testing for leukemia and lymphoma.

Thanks to a generous donor, Canto 1 has been replaced by a state of the art 10-color flow cytometer.

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Test Change Summary – September

Troponin T, Blood Level [LAB139] has been replaced with High Sensitivity Troponin T [LAB1230561]

Cardiolipin IgM Ab [LAB3651] and Cardiolipin IgG Ab [LAB3652] have been discontinued. Please order Cardiolipin IgM and IgG Abs [LAB3653]

Drug of Abuse, Pain Clinic, Urine [LAB3382] has been discontinued and replace with Urine Drug Screen with Confirmation (32 Targets) [LAB1230497] or Urine Drug Screen with Confirmation (23 Targets) [LAB1230496]

Blood Drug Screen Comprehensive PC (Pain Clinic) [LAB3574] and Urine Drug Screen Comprehensive PC (Pain Clinic) [LAB3575] have been discontinued and replaced with Drug Analysis Comprehensive, Blood [LAB349] and Drug Analysis Comprehensive, Urine [LAB500]

Kidney Stone Analysis [LAB564] has been updated and has a new order code [LAB1230545]. Note this is a send out to Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

Zinc, Red Blood Cell [LAB1230059] is no longer available and does not have a replacement test.

RA Screen [LAB3324] performed at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Laboratory has been discontinued. The Rheumatoid Factor, Quantitative [LAB206] performed at Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will be utilized moving forward.

Questions may be directed to Laboratory Services using the “Contact Us” link above.

General Information, Referral/Sendouts, Test Spotlight

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Testing Options

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) testing is available to be ordered individually on serum or CSF. A panel for multiple Arboviruses is also available on both serum and CSF. Both tests are sent to Mayo Clinical Laboratories.  Please order “Reference Lab Send Out for Miscellaneous Tests” for each test ordered and indicate test name in the required order field. Continue Reading

General Information, Toxicology

Test Discontinuation: Drug of Abuse Screen, Pain Clinic, Urine

Effective September 1, 2019, the test Drug of Abuse Screen, Pain Clinic, Urine will be discontinued.

Earlier this year, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory – Toxicology announced two new drug screen panels, Urine Drug Screen with Confirmation (23 Targets) and Urine Drug Screen with Confirmation (32 Targets) as replacement tests. For more information regarding these new tests please reference this post. Continue Reading