The Need to Understand Basic Molecular Testing

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The Need to Understand Basic Molecular Testing

The molecular revolution is upon us and molecular tests have found their way into routine diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology laboratories, replacing conventional methods that lack sensitivity and specificity. The ability to make a rapid diagnosis has a dramatic and positive impact on patient care, as gauged by metrics of:
  • Faster time to detection
  • Shorter time to instituting appropriate therapeutic measures
  • Decreasing both patient length of stay and cost
Understanding the fundamental basics of molecular tests and the nuances that differentiate singleplex from multiplex assays is essential for any technologist. This course presents a detailed oversight of these differences and will prepare the general technologist, as well as specialty technologist, for the future expansion that is destined to come.