Blood Microscopy

Blood Microscopy Testing in Fond du Lac

What is live/dry blood microscopy?

Live blood cell analysis is carried out by placing a drop of blood from the patient’s fingertip onto a microscope slide and placing it under a glass cover slip to keep it from drying out. The slide is then viewed at high magnification with a dark-field or bright-field microscope that forwards the image to a large screen television monitor. Both practitioner and patient can then see the blood cells, which appear as dark bodies outlined in white. Often things are noticed that are never seen using traditional methods of blood screening.

In itself, live blood screening with microscopy is not a diagnostic procedure. However, it can often point you in a direction to take for further diagnostic testing. At Forum Health Fond du Lac, our doctors simply want to view the “terrain” of the blood to catch a glimpse of the overall “toxic load” and consequent state of health of our patient.

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