Laboratory

The laboratories of T.H.C consist of two units:
* clinical pathology
* anatomical pathology
 
The clinical pathology unit is basically designed with the needs of the cardiology patient in mind and responsible for quantitative and qualitative analysis and interpretation of patient specimens, including tissue, blood, urine and other body fluids.
Equipment was chosen for the ability not only to provide quality result, but to be able to provide those results as swiftly and efficiently as possible.
The department consists of the following sections:
* Clinical biochemistry
* Clinical microbiology
* Transfusion medicine
* Hemostasis & thrombosis
 
Approximately over 900000 different clinical laboratory tests are performed each year.
The services provided in this framework include:
* Approximately 1500 assays per day in the clinical biochemistry section including all specific cardiac tests.
* About 270 hematology tests performed daily in the clinical biochemistry section.
* As a particular need of the cardiac patients, more than 370 coagulation tests ( particularly PT & PTT ) carried out per day.
* The blood bank prepares approximately 2200 units of blood monthly, and blood products plus provides autologous preparative donation for those patients who are eligible.
* About 105 specimens are processed in clinical microbiology and also about 300 tests are done in immunoassay section daily.
The anatomical pathology activities include the preparation of the samples by routine and specific staining for further histopathology investigation. Furthermore we do body fluid cytology and fine needle aspiration cytology.
 

Research:

Various research projects are being carried out in the laboratory either by laboratory academic staff or in collaboration with other researchers who need to use our facilities.
Active research in the division spans all aspects of disease including basic pathologic and molecular mechanisms, diagnostic and prognostic markers, studies in blood, tissue & body fluids, applications of new laboratory technologies, clinical management and patient outcomes.
The division vigorously pursues co-workers in research and development in different fields, and interest in multi- center research trials.