MAR 13, 2018 08:00 AM PDT

Advancements in WBC Differential Technology

SPONSORED BY: Abbott Diagnostics
  • Scientific Affairs Manager, US Hematology, Abbott Diagnostics
      Donald Wright is a Global Scientific Affairs Manager for Abbott Diagnostics, Hematology. Donald has worked in clinical laboratory services and the commercial hematology industry for the entirety of his career. He has served in a variety of roles including automated hematology supervisor, educational coordinator, scientific marketing, scientific liaison, flow cytometry and cellular analysis specialist, and several managerial positions. His research and publications include, applications of monoclonal antibodies with flow cytometry, characterization of new hematology product performance, and development of novel hematology assays and markers.

      In his current role, Donald provides scientific support for Health Care Professionals, and serves as a scientific resource to various functions, including R&D, business development, global strategic operations and other departments.

      Donald is a member of several organizations including American Association of Clinical Chemist, International Society for Laboratory Hematologist, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologist.


    DATE: March 13, 2018
    TIME: 08:00am PDT, 11:00am EDT, 4:00pm CET

    Technological developments in automated Hematology analyzers continue to transform the hematology laboratory. Today, hematology analyzers can collect more information about cell characteristics, subsequently improving disease detection. Advanced systems can perform a complete blood count (CBC) and classify multiple cell types, including five or more subclasses of mature white blood cells. They also produce improved flagging of abnormal results for further microscopic review.

    Hematology analyzers are available from multiple manufacturers and employ different detection methods. In this webinar, Don Wright, Abbott Scientific Affairs Manager will discuss the general principles of automated WBC and differential technology, processing limitations associated with available options, and discuss key technology trends.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe electronic impedance technology in cell counting and WBC differentiation by automated hematology analyzers.
    • Review light scatter technologies that use multiple angles of detection, the principle of hydrodynamic focusing and laminar flow.
    • Discuss the impact of interfering substances on automated WBC differential analysis.
    • Highlight key trends in automated differential analysis.


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