Immunoassays have become standard technology for approaching the precise measuremnt of many analytes.
The Flow Cytometry Laboratory performs immunophenotyping, functional analysis, DNA ploidy, and other flow cytometry based clinical assays for the Yale Medical Center as well as for many other institutions. Standard consultative diagnostics in this area involve coordinated "reflex" analysis of a blood, marrow, lymph node, fluid or other specimen. Analysis of specimens begins with a clinical and morphologic review of the case by one of our clinical pathologists. Interpretations are made on the basis of these aspects of the case as well as the flow cytometric findings and often the results of additional molecular and other tests.Clinical pathologists are available seven days a week via phone to help render appropriate diagnoses for ordering clinicians. The laboratory prides itself on maximizing both quality of care and cost-effectiveness for the patient, providing comprehensive, clinically useful information in the most efficient manner possible. The laboratory continuously explores new techniques.
The Immunology, Flow Cytometry, and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories form a single administrative unit within the Department of Laboratory Medicine in order to optimize cross-disciplinary diagnostic activities. The Flow Cytometry Laboratory also works closely with the Translational Sciences Immune Monitoring Core Facility and provides training to our residents and fellows, and fellows from other departments, along with serving as part of the advanced diagnostics training for medical technologist students from several universities.