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Diagnostic Parasitology: As-Is and To-Be, A Roundtable on the Future

  • Credit:1.0 ACCENT
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Date:FEB.15.2023 3:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.
  • Level: Intermediate

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This webinar was recorded live on February 15, 2023.
It is available on demand through February 29, 2024.
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Parasites are recognized as important gastrointestinal pathogens with significant patient, economic, environmental, and public health impacts in the US. Currently, clinical laboratory diagnosis is reliant on microscopic methods even with novel diagnostic testing alternatives available. Common and undesirable outcomes from this approach include delayed results, high labor costs, inefficiency in the laboratory operation, and questions on quality. Issues of quality may arise from technologist shortages and lack of skilled expertise in microscopy and morphology that can lead to errors in diagnosis and patient care. Novel methods may lack adequate coverage of the potential parasitic pathogens while sample types may be limited or difficult to process and test. As a result, labs often choose to send out for this test. This webinar will discuss different methods of diagnosing parasites, contrasting microscopic approaches with novel diagnostic testing alternatives.


This activity is designed for lab supervisors, lab directors (and/or assistant directors), lab managers (supervisory and/or non-supervisory), pathologists, and other laboratory professionals overseeing/conducting within this topic.


At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the staffing challenges associated with traditional ova & parasite exams.
  • Accurately describe new tools available to clinical labs for the diagnosis and screening of stool parasite testing.
  • Evaluate the potential value of molecular testing for ova & parasite exams.


Richard BradburyRichard Bradbury, PhD, FFSc RCPA, FASM, FACTM
Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Molecular Biology,
Federation University
Melbourne, Victoria

Susan Butler-WuSusan Butler-Wu, PhD, D(ABMM), SM(ASCP)
Director, Clinical Microbiology, LAC+USC Medical Center
Associate Professor, Clinical Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Los Angeles, CA

Blaine MathisonBlaine A. Mathison, BS, M(ASCP)
Scientist III, ARUP Laboratories
Adjunct Instructor, University of Utah, Department of Pathology
Salt Lake City, UT


The Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) is dedicated to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. All participating planning committee members and faculty are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. The intent of this disclosure is to provide participants with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationship:

  • Richard Bradbury, PhD, FFSc RCPA, FASM, FASCTM
  • Susan Butler-Wu, PhD, D(ABMM), SM(ASCP)
  • Blaine A. Mathison, BS, M(ASCP)


All recommendations involving clinical medicine are based on evidence accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients; AND/OR all scientific research referred to or reported in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.


This activity is approved for 1.0 ACCENT® continuing education credits. Activity ID# 4170. This activity was planned in accordance with ACCENT® Standards and Policies.


Verification of Participation certificates are provided to registered participants based on completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the activity evaluation. For questions regarding continuing education, please email [email protected].

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