Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Laboratory
Ipsum Diagnostics is a CAP-accredited, national reference laboratory providing an exceptional depth of anatomical and clinical testing services. Our Anatomical Division includes bone pathology, neuropathology and dermatopathology. Ipsum’s Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Division provides unparalleled interpretation of polymicrobial infections. With specialist consultation by infectious disease physicians, pathologists and molecular biologists, each case is personalized for rapid, optimal and cost-effective patient care.
WHAT IS PCR?
PCR, short for Polymerase Chain Reaction, is a lab technique that quickly identifies infection causing organisms. Small quantities of DNA or RNA in a sample are amplified, (that is increased in number) and detected using a targeted approach for finding the pathogens (fungal and bacterial).
Ipsum Diagnostic’s PCR technique more accurately and rapidly identifies potential pathogenic organisms and resistant genes than conventional culture methods. It is amazing to think that we can now identify the infection with greater sensitivity and specificity and the medication that will stop it in its tracks!
WHY PCR TESTING?
Molecular methods for detecting pathogens offer accurate, reliable detection at a fraction of the time as traditional culture-based methods. These tests establish or confirm the diagnosis of an infection and can assist the clinician to reach a diagnosis.
Our experienced technical team, accredited with CLIA High-Complexity Laboratory standards, include director Henry Skelton, MD, board-certified in anatomical and clinical pathology and dermatopathology; Maggie Hopkins, MD MBA FASCP, board-certified in clinical pathology and experienced in molecular pathology and microbiology; and Lucy Feingold PhD, board-certified in molecular biology. With a combined near century of experience our team has the know-how to ensure the highest quality of testing and results. In addition, if you need to confer with one of our Infectious Disease specialists and review your results simply call, email or use our mobile app and we will connect you to Ipsum’s Comprehensive Consultation Services.