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IDEXX CBC

Discover more insights into the current condition of your patients

The IDEXX CBC enables veterinarians to provide the highest standard of care to patients through the routine inclusion of an absolute Reticulocyte count and Reticulocyte-Haemoglobin for all feline and canine complete blood counts (CBCs). 

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 Standard IDEXX CBC is the appropriate and most cost-effective option for routine preanaesthetic or preventive care screenings on clinically healthy animals. Available for canine and feline, this option provides an automated CBC, including haemogram, five-part differential, platelets, platelet indices, as well as reticulocyte count and reticulocyte haemoglobin.

A blood film review is automatically included when results are markedly abnormal.

The Comprehensive IDEXX CBC is inclusive of an automated CBC, including haemogram, five-part differential, platelets, platelet indices, as well as absolute reticulocyte count and reticulocyte haemoglobin. A blood film review is automatically performed when results are markedly abnormal based on established guidelines (see protocol information in the Online Test Directory at vetconnectplus.com.au).

In addition to the Standard, the Comprehensive IDEXX CBC provides an IDEXX pathologist interpretation to evaluate the significance of the blood film findings.

Test Codes 

ICICA - Haematology Interpretation for In-Clinic Analysers

ICBCA - Haematology Interpretation for Laboratory Tests (Upgrade from a Standard IDEXX CBC performed at the IDEXX Reference Laboratory) 

Quantitative CBC

The ProCyte Dx analyser has the ability to flag when a left shift is suspected and will also flag abnormal results usually caused by the blood sample being compromised (Refer to sample collection guidelines for best practice sample collection). 

When a clinic is unsure of what these flags mean, by using the ICICA code, you can upgrade your Standard in-clinic IDEXX CBC to a IDEXX Reference Laboratory Comprehensive IDEXX CBC inclusive of a quantitative CBC, blood film review and pathologist interpretation. 

Blood Film Review

A blood film review is performed by a technician for platelet, RBC and WBC morphology and parasite screen. A blood film review is automatically performed when results are markedly abnormal based on established guidelines or if unclassified cells are seen based on specific established criteria (see protocol information in the Online Test Directory at vetconnectplus.com.au).

Pathologist Interpretation

When requested, an interpretation is completed by an IDEXX Pathologist which is available through VetConnect PLUS. Add a Pathologist interpretation to an Standard IDEXX CBC using code IIC.

Note: Upgrading from a Standard IDEXX CBC previously performed at IDEXX Reference Laboratories or on an in-house IDEXX haematology analyser (ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx). Must be ordered within 72 hours of initial CBC.

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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 anaemia. 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 anaemia is regenerative or not and helps identify underlying disease in nonanaemic patients

Reticulocyte haemoglobin (RETIC-HGB)

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

  • Mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH)
  • Mean corpuscular haemoglobin 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-clinic analyser, 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

Run a CBC as a standalone diagnostic OR include it as part of a comprehensive minimum database. In either scenario, follow the algorithm to guide your case management decisions and discover more with the NEW IDEXX CBC test options.
In-clinic CBC options:
An IDEXX CBC run on your ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx
Patient report will help identify:
  • Flagged and/or qualified results
  • Anaemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • Other
Do I need further information?
  • Review Dot Plots
  • Submit case for professional service review
  • Evaluate blood film in-clinic
IDEXX Haematology Support Upgrade (including pathologist interpretation & blood film evaluation if indicated)
Test code ICICA/ICBCA
Laboratory CBC options:
Reference laboratory analysis
Based on clinical presentation
Standard IDEXX CBC
Useful for general health assessments and screening
  • Does not include a blood film review unless automated analysis is outside acceptance criteria.
Patient report will help identify:
  • Anaemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • Other
IDEXX Haematology Support Upgrade (including pathologist interpretation & blood film evaluation if indicated)
Test code ICICA/ICBCA
Comprehensive IDEXX CBC
Recommended for clinically sick patients or when a clinical pathologists interpretation is desired.

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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 haemoglobin (RETIC-HGB) parameters are included on all CBC reports provided by IDEXX Reference Laboratories and the ProCyte Dx Haematology Analyser.