Theory and Method of Radioimmunosays as Performed in a Clinical Laboratory
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My Senior Independent Project was designed as a clinical laboratory experience in preparation for a career in medical technology. I spent ten weeks observing and performing two types of radioimmunoassays, a relatively new clinical research method which is coming into some use in larger hospital laboratories. The lab in which I worked was that of Dr. Charles D. Hawker, chief clinical chemist and director of research and development for Laboratory Procedures, Inc., Division of.the Upjohn Company, located. in Kalamazoo. It is primarily a clinical laboratory, receiving patient specimens from hospitals and' doctors across the country, most often for determination of serum estradiol or parathyroid hormone levels, although they are also doing a study on androstenedione and testosterone. Consequently I was exposed to most aspects of a medical laboratory except for patient contact, however most of my time was spent learning the assays themselves. This paper is essentially a summary of my experience with radioimmunoassays as performed in a clinical laboratory.