Washington, DC, August 5, 2009 – AACC announces an audioconference, The ABCs of Vitamin D Testing, on September 17. The audioconference commences at 2:00 pm (Eastern) and will last 90 minutes (including a 15-minute Q&A session).
Orders for Vitamin D tests are skyrocketing as new research sheds light on the higher-than-expected prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. population (including the recently reported incidence in children and teenagers), as well as the many potential health benefits of maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D in the blood. A recent poll in AACC’s Clinical Laboratory News showed that, overall, more than 90% of laboratories surveyed reported an increase in Vitamin D testing in the past year, with more than 25% reporting that they are now performing more than twice as many tests as they did just one year ago.
Although a frequently ordered assay in many clinical laboratories these days, the test is not without its controversies and laboratories must be aware of the standardization issues and analytical challenges involved in this type of testing, and know how to manage them to produce an accurate result that clinicians can understand. During this audiconference, three experts, a clinician and two laboratory directors, will address issues including why consumers are so interested in being tested for vitamin D deficiency today, what is being done to standardize Vitamin D testing, and the advantages and disadvantages of the technologies used to measure Vitamin D levels.
AACC invites interested reporters to participate in the is timely and topical audioconference at no charge. To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form. For more information about the event, contact Peter Patterson on either of the above telephone number. Information is also available by following the link The ABCs of Vitamin D Testing.
The audioconference is supported by Diasorin - the Diagnostic Specialist.