Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 24th, 2006
Study 1: Artificial sputum was developed for tuberculosis panel testing.
According to recent research from Japan, "Panel testing, blinded cross rechecking and on-site evaluation are the three methods for external quality assessment (EQA) of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear microscopy.
"Panel testing can provide data on laboratory capabilities prior to implementing a rechecking program, assess the current status of laboratory performance and detect problems associated with diagnostic performance."
"Thus far," wrote H. Yamada and...
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