Diagnostic Assays, Reagents and Controls
Alpha Laboratories is a trusted supplier of clinical chemistry reagents to healthcare professionals in the UK. We partner with leading manufacturers worldwide to provide products of the highest quality and outstanding value for in-vitro analysis of body fluids.
Alongside routine reagents we specialise in innovative new biomarkers and diagnostic areas that help improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs.
Blood, urine and faeces tests can reveal a plethora of information regarding general wellbeing, nutritional status, specific organ damage and disease to assist with the clinical diagnosis and monitoring of patient health.
Chemical Pathology or Clinical Biochemistry is the discipline that studies bodily fluids using a number of in vitro tests to provide clinicians with valuable information that can aid diagnosis. The use of certain biomarker screens can also be incorporated into testing regimes to exclude some patients from more invasive test procedures.
The blood serves to transport oxygen, nutrients and hormones around the body and to defend against bacteria and viruses. As such the levels of different proteins, antibodies and other analytes can provide information about how the body is functioning. Dehydration and malnutrition can be investigated by looking at electrolytes and albumin. Organ injury can be indicated by the presence of tissue specific enzymes and the a build up of waste products that are normally removed e.g. bilirubin and hyaluronic acid.