Level of Instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory and other healthcare personnel who perform microscopic analysis of urine sediment. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science and medical laboratory technician students.
Author Information: Betty Smith MT (ASCP), Kathleen Ann Foster, MS, MT(ASCP) SM
Reviewer Information: Mary Ann McLane, Ph.D, MT(ASCP)
: This course was adapted by MediaLab, under license from Education Materials for Health Professionals, Inc. Dayton OH, 45420. Copyright EMHP. This course covers the basics of urine microscopic examination, including numerous brightfield and phase-contrast images of urinary sediment elements. It is assumed that students have a basic knowledge of urinalysis macroscopic and dipstick examination. The course covers specimen collections and processing, casts, cellular elements, normal and abnormal crystals, parasites, artifacts, and basic biochemical tests to help identify certain elements. It describes a method of quantitation of urine specimens, and emphasizes the intelligent correlation of macroscopic and microscopic results, by the reported technologist.