Medical Laboratory Diagnostics and Development of New Tests
Reference DHBIOM00000045
Taught in Majors List Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 40.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 30.0
Studytime (D) 240.0
Studypoints (E) 8
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Joris Delanghe
Department GE06
Co-lecturers Jan Philippe
Key Words

laboratory diagnosis, clinical laboratory medicine

Position of the Course

The student acquires knowledge and insight in the most important aspects of medical laboratory diagnosis such as the methodology currently used, the legal aspects and the critical interpretation of laboratory data.


The sample, biological variation, pre-analytical phase, pre-analytical variables, pre-analytical errors, sampling, conservation.The clinical laboratory: structure, organistaion, financing; legal requirements regarding laboratories, the personnel, diagnostics. Short overview of current laboratory tests. Government control on laboratories and IVD; quality control: internal, external quality control.Analytical aspects: standardisation; analytical errors (aspecificity, cross reactivity, heterophile antibodies.Diagnostic performance: determination of reference ranges; Bayes theorem-predictive value of tests-ROC analysis; decision making; screening vs aimed request.

Starting Competences

Having successfully completed the courses General chemistry, Organic chemistry, General biochemistry, Biochemistry II, General Physiology, Physiology of the organ systems and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences, or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means.

Final Competences

  • Correctly understanding clinical laboratory data
  • Being able to interprete clinical laboratory data
  • Understanding the organisation of a clinical laboratory

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus (Dutch, less than 10 Euro).


  • Wegwijzer in laboratoriumdiagnose (X. Bossuyt, J.M. Boeynaems)
  • Uitgeverij Garant - ISBN 90-441-1021-7.

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

e-learning using the Minerva platform

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; ;

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: oral closed-book exam, written preparation

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