The value of the CBC for identifying underlying disease, recognizing the severity of disease and for monitoring the progression or regression of disease is well established; however, the CBC is so much more than the numbers generated by the hematology analyzer. The graphics (dot plots, histograms, etc.) provided by every in-clinic hematology analyzers adds so much more information that just the numbers..a rapid review defines if the numbers are correct and can be interpreted. They are the best component of a quality assurance for hematology data, wh ich is essential because of the complexity of hematology analysis, especially with 'abnormal' samples where the data is most valuable. Second, with the advanced hematology analyzer like the IDEXX ProCyte Dx, a rapid review of the dot plots provides immediate information about both quantitative and qualitative (morphologic abnormalities) about each and every sample run. There are essential no RBC, WBC or Platelet morphologic abnormalities that cannot be identified with the review of the ProCyte Dx dot plot. The principles on how to use the dot plot to obtain the maximum amount of information from the CBC will be discussed in this presentation.
Understand how to use the graphics (dot plots and histograms) from your hematology analyzer to assure the CBC data are valid
Understand how to use the graphics (dot plots and histograms) from your hematology analyzer to tell you when you MUST look at a blood film and what to look for during the microscopic evaluation of the blood film
Understand how to use the graphics from your hematology analyzer to identify quantitative changes with most of the CBC cellular components