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Test ID: RTIC    
Reticulocytes, Blood

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The Sysmex XE-5000 reticulocyte analyzer is a flow cytometer that uses an argon laser as the light source. Whole blood specimens are stained with polymethine fluorescent dye and passed through the laser beam in a sheath flow cell. Each blood cell causes a forward light scatter that depends on cell size. This measurement permits a separation of the various blood cell types so that only erythrocytes are included in the cell count. Erythrocytes containing the protein reticulin (ie, reticulocytes) are stained by the dye in the laser beam. The right-angle fluorescence is measured to count these stained cells. The instrument counts 30,000 erythrocytes in each specimen. Because a known aliquot is counted, an actual RBC per unit volume is performed and an absolute reticulocyte count is obtained.(Operator’s manual: Sysmex Corporation. Automated Hematology Analyzer XE-5000 Main Unit, North American Edition. Code No. 461-2638-6. October 2006; Kojma K, Niri M, Setoguchi K, et al: An automated optoelectronic reticulocyte counter. Am J Clin Pathol 1989;92:57-61)

Supplemental Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

1 day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

1 day

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

3 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test