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Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Flow Cytometry

The section of Clinical Flow Cytometry is an essential component of the division of Clinical Pathology in supporting the departmental and institutional goals of patient care and education.

This area of the laboratory is providing diagnostic services that support the division of Hematology and Oncology in providing high quality patient care. In the past five years, the clinical flow cytometry laboratory has experienced a tremendous growth in testing volume, sustaining an average 10% increase of leukemia / lymphoma cases per year. In addition, the laboratory has transitioned from 4-color to 8-color flow cytometry testing, which is particularly useful in providing more detailed diagnostic information derived from limited specimens and uses less antibodies, thus contributing to a decrease in operating costs. Our clinical flow cytometry laboratory was the first one in the state of Wisconsin to offer 8-color flow cytometry testing.

For the future, we plan on expanding our testing menu and adding additional instrumentation and personnel as part of our mission to continue supporting the MCW Cancer Center and its programs.

At the teaching level, flow cytometry is an integral part of Hematopathology fellowship training. The successful recruitment of highly qualified individuals has resulted in an overall increase in the quality of postgraduate training in the department of Pathology, and 80% of the graduates of our program have accepted academic appointments, thus leading to increased national visibility of the fellowship. For the future, we plan on continuing providing the same high level of training to our fellows, centered on ACGME core competencies, as we prepare for transitioning to the “Next Accreditation System” in graduate medical education.