Scientific & Technical Bulletins

Scientific & Technical Bulletins

Scientific Bulletins
To stay abreast of changes in the industry and deepen your understanding of the tests we provide at Spectra Laboratories, please visit our scientific bulletins regularly.

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Bicarbonate - The accurate measurement of serum bicarbonate values is central to the assessment/treatment of metabolic acidosis.

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) - Chronic inflammation is common among patients with chronic renal failure. CRP levels aid in detecting occult infections and chronic inflammation.

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) - Elevated PTH levels are often the first manifestation of abnormal bone mineral metabolism in patients with chronic renal failure.

Prothrombin Time (PT) - PT testing is the most commonly used test to monitor oral anticoagulants.

Reticulocyte Hemoglobin Content (CHr) - CHr is an early, direct measurement of iron utilization for erythropoeisis (red blood cell production).

Vitamin D 25-Hydroxycalciferol - Vitamin D deficiency is common in dialysis patients and is correctable. 

Technical Bulletins
Spectra Laboratories provides technical bulletins and other resources to better serve our customers, making it easy for you to learn about industry testing standards and recent changes in testing methodologies which affect the renal industry.

Visit the following Website to obtain the latest industry standards for water and dialysate testing:

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Standards

  • Water Treatment Equipment for Hemodialysis Applications - ANSI/AAMI RD62:2006
  • Dialysate for Hemodialysis - ANSI/AAMI RD52:2004

Kt/V Calculations for the Assessment of Hemodialysis Adequacy

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, 3rd Generation (TSH3) - The TSH3 assay provides the full testing range required for the determination of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.