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CDNRC : Diabetes & Endocrine Unit

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Unit Diagnostics : Diabetes & Endocrine Unit - Cardiovascular, Diabetes And Nutrition Research Centre

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

The centre maintained a low level of diagnostic activity mainly in Diabetic & Endocrine Unit. A total of 15, 458 tests were performed during the year compared to 15,902 tests in 2008. The types and total number of each test performed in the year 2008 and 2009 are shown in Table 1

 No

Name of Diagnostic Tests 

 No of samples

No of samples

 2008

 2009 

 iPTH

 10,200

 10,784

 2

 Testosterone

 550

 500

 3

Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) 

 210

 80

 4

Growth Hormone 

 767

 408

 5

 Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1)

 844

 686

 6

Thyroglobulin 

 2731

 2550

 7

17-OH Progesterone 

 500

 450

 8

C-Peptide 

 100

 0

Total 

 15,902

15,458 

Table 1: The types and total number of each test performed in the year 2008 and 2009

In-keeping with the IMR policy, the Unit only provide very specialized diagnostic tests, rarely or could not be performed in government hospital laboratories for reasons such as lack of expertise or logistics. Diagnostic workload for intact-PTH assay remained the highest as this unit is the only laboratory in the country that is using the 3rd generation whole-PTH radioimmunoassay kit which specifically only measures whole the intact molecule and requires the use of a gamma counter.

Assay for C-peptide had to be discontinued from year 2009 onwards due to low demand and hence was not cost-effective to continue the service. The numbers of requests for diagnostic tests made in the span of 15 years are shown in the Table 2.

 Year

 No. of Tests

 1995

 36,118

 1996

 25,632

 1997

 17,927

 1998

 11,603

 1999

 6,068

 2000

 7,824

 2001

 8,211

 2002

 8,997

 2003

 10,420

 2004

 10,433

 2005

 14,462

 2006

 12,162

 2007

 13,580

 2008

 15,902

 2009

 15,458

  Table 2: Number of requests for diagnostic tests made in the span of 14 years

The laboratory is equipped to do immunoassays both by isotopic and non-isotopic techniques, as well as the standard biochemical tests on serum/plasma/urine mainly for research purposes. As in the previous years, integrity of laboratory results generated was monitored through quality assurance procedures with periodic maintenance of all equipments used.

 

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