Carolinas HealthCare System

Hematology & Coagulation

Hematology studies diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. This department, staffed by medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians, performs over 700,000 tests per year. Primary instrumentation for basic hematology and coagulation are the Beckman-Coulter LH 750 and Dade-Behring CA 7000 analyzers. Among other roles, hematology is also responsible for almost all other body fluids including urinalysis and fluid analysis.

This department performs many specialized tests such as platelet aggregations, factor assays and lupus anticoagulant testing. Many hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle-cell anemia and beta-thalassemia, are identified and monitored by hemoglobin electrophoresis in patients by hematology technologists.

Hematology is networked to operating rooms to support liver transplants and cardiovascular surgery by performing thromboelastography. An area of special hematology is directed by hematopathologists and staff by highly trained medical technologists. This section also provides specialized bone marrow studies.

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