KARACHI- The Aga Khan University clinical laboratories have introduced an automated hematology system, the first of its kind in Pakistan. The new automated equipment having a capacity to test 150 samples per hour has not only enhanced the accuracy of results but also increased the turnaround.

Hematology, the study of blood and blood diseases, is critical in the diagnosis and treatment of a large number of diseases and the new system is facilitating doctors in prompt diagnosis and treatment of their patients.

Introducing this system in the section of hematology was a daunting endeavor since laboratory diagnostics is a constantly evolving field. Therefore, this system has been designed to meet current testing needs and is also configured to handle future demands, said Dr Bushra Moiz, Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology.

According to Dr Mohammad Khurshid, Professor of Haematology, initiation of advanced automated services in hematology at AKU will provide patients with rapid results of their tests and assist physicians to interpret results in the light of more reliable clinical information.