Effective January 19, 2019, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory – Toxicology is proud to announce the availability of two new drug screen panels:
The Trichomonas Wet Prep test has been replaced with the OSOM® Trichomonas Antigen test.
This new lateral flow immunochromatographic test offers enhanced sensitivity through the detection of Trichomonas antigen as opposed to the traditional wet prep method, which relied on the labor intensive microscopic visualization of motile Trichomonas trophozoites. Because this new assay detects antigen as opposed to viable organism, specimen stability is also extended. When collected with a single eSwab™, specimens are stable for up to 24 hours at ambient temperature and 36 hours when refrigerated. Swabs collected for the wet prep method were only stable for 3-5 hours, so there is no longer a need for STAT delivery to the laboratory.
The Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory is pleased to announce that the QuantiFERON® -TB Gold test for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been added to our in-house test menu.
The treatment of non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma has become more successful due to targeted treatments based on the molecular profile of a patient’s particular tumor. The Lung Cancer Mutation Analysis panel is now available for clinical testing at the Spectrum Health Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL).
When testing for Clostridium difficile Toxin (“C-diff”), only liquid (i.e. watery) stools should be sent for testing. Any formed or soft stools will be immediately rejected and testing will be canceled.