Diagnostics’ Role In Medicine Today

Diagnostics’ Role In Medicine Today introduces the ever-expanding molecular diagnostics industry. This class defines the groundbreaking field of qualitative and quantitative biomarker measurements. These crucial measurements help identify diseases, select treatments, and monitor chosen therapies. Get ready to explore a wide range of foundational diagnostics used in both research and clinical settings, such as immunochemistry, microbiology, and infectious disease diagnostics. The course ends by focusing on companion diagnostics. The showstopper is a culminating case study on HER2 cancer/Herceptin that highlights real-world evidence of how companion diagnostics help patients receive appropriate therapy. Learn foundational concepts applied in the research and clinic settings and become diagnostic proficient―enroll today!

Section 1: Defining Diagnostic

Explains how biomarkers are used in molecular diagnostics to measure patient body chemistry and function that may or may not lead to disease.

Section 2: Types of Diagnostics

States the purpose for the different types of diagnostics including chemistry, immunochemistry, hematology, cytology, microbiology, infectious disease, imaging, and molecular testing. 

Section 3: Companion Diagnostics

Links DNA mutations and disease to the development and workings of companion diagnostics.

Five Takeaways


  1. Cite how biomarkers are used in molecular diagnostics.
  2. Describe the qualitative and quantitative measurements used by diagnostics to assess disease.
  3. List each diagnostic category and identify the primary purpose of each.
  4. Explain how companion diagnostics take advantage of a patient’s genetic variation.
  5. Connect diagnostics to improved disease treatment through personalized medicine.

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