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IDEXX CBC testing

Discover more insights into the current condition of your patient

The most comprehensive CBCs available from a reference laboratory—only IDEXX automatically includes reticulocyte count and reticulocyte hemoglobin on every CBC report.

Flexible options allow you to choose the CBC most appropriate for your patients' needs.

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Diagnostic flexibility for your patients' needs

Test codes, names, and contents

The IDEXX CBC is the appropriate and most cost-effective option for routine preanesthetic or preventive care screenings on clinically healthy animals. Available for canine, feline, and equine patients, this option provides an automated CBC, including hemogram, five-part differential, platelets, platelet indices, as well as (for canine and feline patients) reticulocyte count and reticulocyte hemoglobin.

The IDEXX CBC-Select is the option recommended for sick patients. It includes the same components as the IDEXX CBC, as well as a blood film evaluation by a technician to evaluate for abnormal red and white blood cell morphology, blood parasites, unclassified cells, and immature cell lines. A clinical pathologist review is automatically included when results are markedly abnormal or when unclassified cells are seen based on specific established criteria.

Blood film evaluation performed by a technician for RBC and WBC morphology and parasite screen. Pathologist review automatically performed when results are markedly abnormal based on established guidelines or if unclassified cells are seen.

Note: Add on to an IDEXX CBC previously performed at IDEXX Reference Laboratories or on an in-house IDEXX hematology analyzer (ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx). Must be ordered within 72 hours of initial CBC.

Add on to an IDEXX CBC, avian/exotic CBC, or IDEXX CBC-Select. For IDEXX CBC-Select requests, a pathologist review is included and will be automatically performed at no additional charge if specific established criteria are met (see protocol information in the Online Test Directory at vetconnectplus.com).

Test code 399 is not required for the automatic reflexed pathologist review on IDEXX CBC-Select requests.

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Why reticulocyte parameters count

Reticulocytes act as an early warning system that detects a variety of issues earlier

Newly released reticulocytes reflect the current condition of the animal, making them excellent early indicators for conditions such as blood loss or inflammation before development of anemia. Early detection provides the best chance for determining and treating the underlying cause, earlier, for better patient outcomes.

 

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Reticulocyte parameters

Up-to-date information on RBC production

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Red blood cells

Reflects last few months

Circulation time

2–4 days*

80–120 days*

Parameters

Reticulocyte concentration (RETICs)

  • "Quantity"
  • Determines whether an anemia is regenerative or not and helps identify underlying disease in nonanemic patients

Reticulocyte hemoglobin (RETIC-HGB)

  • "Quality"
  • Measures the quality of developing red blood cells and detects low iron availability

  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)
  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

Availability

Only IDEXX automatically
includes in every CBC report

Available in nearly all CBC reports

 

 

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Reticulocyte 
parameters

Up-to-date information on RBC production

 

Red blood cell icon
Red blood cells

Reflects last few months

Circulation time:

2–4 days*

 

80–120 days*

Parameters:

Reticulocyte concentration (RETICs)

"Quantity"

Determines whether an anemia is regenerative or not and helps identify underlying disease in nonanemic patients

 

Reticulocyte hemoglobin (RETIC-HGB)

"Quality"

Measures the quality of developing red blood cells and detects low iron availability

 

-Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)

 

-Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)

 

-Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

Availability:
Only IDEXX automatically
includes in every CBC report

 

Available in nearly all CBC reports

 

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Results and guidance at your fingertips with VetConnect PLUS

Whether a CBC is run at IDEXX Reference Laboratories or on an IDEXX in-house analyzer, you can review, interpret, and trend CBC results right in VetConnect PLUS. Access differentials instantly, helping you interpret and act on any results that are abnormal for your patient.

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Choose the right CBC for your patient

Based on your patient's needs. Easily add a blood film review when needed.
In-house ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx hematology analyzer
Abnormal results, such as:
  • Flagged and/or qualified results
  • Anemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • Lab 4Dx Plus Test positive
  • Heartworm positive
  • FeLV or FIV positive
Do I need further information?
Review dot plots and/or blood film evaluation in-house
CBC Blood Film Evaluation
Test code 3900
Reference laboratory
Based on clinical presentation
IDEXX CBC
Typically used for preventive care screening
  • Preanesthetic blood work on clinically healthy animals
Abnormal results, such as:
  • Anemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Unexpected findings on chemistry or serology
CBC Blood Film Evaluation
Test code 3900
IDEXX CBC-Select
Recommended for clinically sick patients or when blood film review is desired
  • Heartworm positive
  • Lab 4Dx Plus Test positive
  • FeLV or FIV positive
  • Species other than dog, cat, or horse

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Diagnostic update: CBC options at IDEXX Reference Laboratories provide diagnostic flexibility

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*If automated results fall outside of established guidelines and the specimen is considered significantly abnormal, a blood film evaluation by a technician is performed.

†For canine and feline patients, reticulocyte concentration (RETICs) and reticulocyte hemoglobin (RETIC-HGB) parameters are included on all CBC reports provided by IDEXX Reference Laboratories and the ProCyte Dx Hematology Analyzer.