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CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

Inova Diagnostics is proud to be a provider of P.A.C.E.® (Professional Acknowledgement for Continuing Education). Credits are administered under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.  

We are happy to accommodate large or small groups and offer two exciting programs. 

FLUORESCENT ANAs AND BEYOND! (3hr)

This discussion covers both ANAs in systemic rheumatic disease (SRD) and ANCAs associated with vasculitis. The discussion on SRD includes interpretation of ANAs by indirect immunofluoresence (IIF) and the subsequent identification of the specific autoantibodies, including Sm, RNP, SS-A/Ro, SS-B/La, Scl-70, Jo-1, centromere and more. Emphasis is placed on the components of the assay leading to variations within and between laboratories using similar, as well as different assays for identification of autoantibodies. The ANCA discussion includes the differentiation of cANCA, pANCA, and atypical ANCA. The clinical usefulness of all the auoantibodies is presented as well.

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HOW THE LABORATORY AIDS PHYSICIANS IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF SYSTEMIC RHEUMATIC DISEASE AND VASCULITIS. (1 HR)

This seminar discusses the use of autoantibody profiles in the diagnosis of the systemic rheumatic diseases. The clinical, as well as laboratory observations in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), systemic sclerosis (SSc), Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and polymyositis/Dermatomyositis (PM/DM) are presented. A discussion of the various techniques used in the identification of antibodies including ANA, dsDNA, chromatin, Sm, RNP, SS-A/Ro, SS-B/La, Scl-70, centromere, Jo-1 and CCP is included. Also a brief discussion of ANCAs including cANCA, pANCA and atypical ANCA is included.

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