Who Knew There Was So Much to Know about Retics?

12:00 PM to 1:00PM (Americas) Central Time (US & Canada)

Kathy Doig, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM, Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Advances in the understanding of reticulocyte biology have been associated with advances in instrument technology. Reticulocyte assessment provides more than just cell counts – newer reticulocyte parameters can provide insights into bone marrow activity during red cell production. Clinical interpretation of results will be discussed in light of our current understanding of reticulocyte biology.


  • Explain the principle of automated reticulocyte counting
  • Describe the immature reticulocyte fraction (IRF) and reticulocyte hemoglobin (RET-He) and review their clinical utility
  • Correlate IRF values with expected morphology on smear review

This session provides 1 contact hour through P.A.C.E.® and the state of Florida.

Sysmex America is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.


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