Asiri Hospital introduces flow cytometry diagnosis
The Asiri Hospital Laboratories has introduced the flow cytometry
diagnostic technique making advanced health care easily accessible to
patients in the country.
Flow cytometry is an important technique applied to measure leukemia
and other blood cancers as well as infectious diseases i.e HIV and
hepatitis. This technique uses complex fluids, laser optics and
computers in its diagnostic approaches enabling 100 percent accuracy in
identifying up to one-in-a-million cells.
Flow cytometry diagnosis, offered by Asiri Laboratories, in
collaboration with the Haematology Unit, is the only one of its kind
available in any private hospital in Sri Lanka. "I believe that by
investing in such a modern and accurate tool for treatment, we are
fulfilling an obligation to our patients and the health care system in
the country," said Chief Operating Officer of ASIRI Hospitals, Dr.
Dr. K. D. G. Jayaweera, Head of Transfusion Medicine, ASIRI
Hospitals, said, "This advanced technology is new to Sri Lanka and is
top of the range in reliability and accuracy." Patients suffering from
blood disorders can be assured that with proper diagnosis, the treatment
will be faster and more effective.
This Rs. 15 million investment will include, along with flow
cytometry, apparatus for research and development of stem cells,
bleeding disorders, and even monitoring of therapy in HIV patients.
Consultant Haematologist in charge of flow cytometry at ASIRI
Hospitals, Dr. Lallindra Gooneratne, said that flow cytometry is an
essential tool for the diagnosis, classification, prediction of
prognosis and monitoring of treatment in haematologic neoplasms.
"We can now set the parameters to detect the state of the patient's
immune system and start on the right medication sooner than previously
when samples had to be sent overseas," he said.
A scientific advisor from BD Biosciences, India Dr. Paresh Jain, is
working with the Asiri medical and clinical teams to facilitate the flow
cytometry. "We have imparted our knowledge through training and
consultations and ensure that the Asiri team is now fully geared to
interpret and understand the applications," he said.