Clinical Laboratory

The Laboratory Centre at The Canadian Specialist Hospital is one of its kinds in the entire GCC area. It is fully equipped with the latest technologies to perform the most advanced and complicated tests and screenings. It consists of the following departments and units:

Clinical Biochemistry (Clinical Chemistry) Department

This automated laboratory performs a wide range of biochemical tests and screening of profiles. Among the services provided are specialized testing for a wide range of specimen and lipids that are diagnostic for various metabolic diseases.

The department uses:

Instrument: ARCHITECT C 8200 Analyzer

  • Diabetic profiles
  • Renal Function Tests
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Enzymes and Isoenzymes
  • Lipid Profiles
  • Cardiac Profile Tests
  • Electrolytes and other Minerals etc

Instrument: Bio Rad – D 10 Hemoglobin Testing System

  • Diabetic Screening
  • Thalassemia Screening
  • Hemoglobin Electrophoresis

Immuno Chemistry

The department uses:

Instrument: Abbott AXSYM and IMX Abbott automated Immuno Assay Analyzer

  • Thyroid profile
  • Infertility Profile (male and Female)/Pregnancy
  • Cardiac Bio Markers
  • Hepatic Screening
  • Cancer and Tumor Markers
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Chemical Toxicology
  • Infectious Disease Profile
  • Vitamins

Instrument: IMMAGE Beckman Coulter Immunochemistry System

  • Infectious diseases- CRP, RF, ASO etc
  • Specific Proteins – Apolipoprotein A1 and B, Ceruloplasmin etc
  • Immunoglobulins as A,E,G and M
  • Complement Proteins – C3 & C4 etc

Autoimmune diseases diagnostic tests as: Systemic Lupus Erythymatosus (ANA profile, Anti-ds DNA, Anti nucleosome, Antiribosomal Abs, Drug-induced Lupus ANA, Anti-Histone, Anti-ss DNA, Rheumatoid arthritis AntiCCP, Antiphospholipid syndrome IgG anticardiolipin, Lupus Anticoagulant, AntiB2 glycoprotein, IgM anti-Cardiolipin, Sjogren’s syndrome ANA, Anti-SSA/SSB, Rheumatoid factors.

Core Clinical Chemistry Unit

  • Electrophoresis (all types including Hemoglobin electrophoresis).
  • Endocrinology (Tumor Markers, Toxicology (DOA) Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM)-Cyclosporine, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus and others.
  • Vitaminology (All vitamins measurements).
  • Inborn Error of Metabolism panels and screening.

Hematology and Hemostasis Department

It offers a wide range of tests including complete blood counts, differentials, ESR and morphological examination of peripheral blood for diagnosis of anemia and other benign as well as malignant hematological disorders. The department uses the CELL DYN SAPPHIRE (ABBOTT) and SYSMEX hematology analyzers.

Blood Bank and Transfusion Service Unit

This unit offers all the clotting factor assays including an extensive menu of tests for hemostasis and thrombosis, bleeding profiles and screening tests, Factor analysis, coagulation markers and thrombotic risks.

Microbiology Department

Our microbiology department is well equipped to provide fundamental diagnostic testing in Bacteriology, Virology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology and Parasitology in addition to Molecular Biology. We use VITEK Automated System for bacterial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing and BACT ALERT D Automated System with dual function for blood and TB culture.

Histopathology /Cytopathology Department

Histopathology Unit

It‘s a specialized unit for the diagnosis of all surgical biopsy specimens in a variety of diseases as inflammatory, benign and malignant disorders. This lab uses Tissue-Tek automated tissue processor and Tissue-Tek automated slide strainer for routine histopathology in addition to histochemistry tests and immunohistochemistry. Tissue-Tek Cryostat is used for pre-operative frozen sectioning.

Cytopathology Unit

This unit specializes in the diagnosis of gynecological and non –gynecological diseases based on cytological examination of fluid material and smears, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC), ascitic and pleural fluid, urine and sputum specimens. Tripath (Surepath) technology is used for gynecological cervical smears, using Bethesda System for diagnosis, in addition to HPV DNA detection on cervical specimens.


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