|Current diagnosis of acute or chronic infectious diseases can require extensive biochemical characterization of bacterial, yeast, or fungal isolates. In certain cases, nucleic acid sequencing is required for a definitive diagnosis. There is an enormous opportunity for the use of mass spectrometry in the clinical microbiology laboratory to speed the turnaround time for microbial identification.|
Dr. Cookson will discuss the current approaches that the clinical microbiology laboratory uses to aid the diagnostic and treatment decisions that care providers make everyday. He will provide a critical assessment of the potential utility for mass spectrometry in patient care.