Magnify Summer 2018

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Unsolved Cases? The Detective Work of the Utah Genome Project Solves the Mysteries of Inherited Diseases.

You can see the mother with breast cancer. The brother who got colon cancer. The neighbor whose heart suddenly stopped due to a eartarrhythmia. What you cannot see is the gene variant, or mutation, associated with each of these diagnoses.

A Rare Niche: Testing for Hard-to-Diagnose Disorders

Before a diagnosis, patients and their families face frustration as they search for answers from specialists, scientists, and the internet. ARUP is at the forefront of testing for difficult-to identify diseases. “It’s our expertise and what we are known for, especially for syndromes that are one in a million,” says Hunter Best, PhD.

65-Plus Labs, But What Happens Inside?

The more than 65 individual labs at ARUP Laboratories form a hive of variety. The labs are also highly centralized, resulting in quick turnaround times and efficient tracking, says Martha Bale, vice president, director of technical operations, ARUP. Want to take a look inside labs without donning white coats and protective gloves? Let’s get a glimpse into five of them here.

Adding up the Dollars in Day-to-Day Laboratory (Mis)Utilization

While downstream cost savings achieved through improved lab test utilization paint a dramatic picture of the benefits of a laboratory stewardship program, savings directly attributed to the lab from better daily testing decisions should not be underestimated.