MBN offers a full range of professional Medical laboratory testing services, which fall under the following categories:
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a Nobel-prize winning technology and it is recognized as one of the most important scientific discoveries of our generation. PCR was invented in1983 by a Chemist named Kary Mullis, who was later awarded a Nobel Prize in 1993 for this landmark invention.
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. PCR Diagnostics, also known as Molecular Diagnostics or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs means that in the sample being tested, we aim to detect nucleic acid molecules (DNA or RNA) to arrive at a diagnosis or provide clinically useful information for patient care. Read more
DNA Testing is an accurate method for determining the biological relationship between individuals. The commonest form of DNA testing include:
- DNA Paternity Testing – to tell the biological father of a child
- DNA Maternity Testing – to tell the biological mother of a child
- DNA Relationship Testing – to tell presence/absence of biological relationships between individuals g. alleged brothers, alleged uncle-Nephew
The purpose of performing Microbiology tests is to detect the germs that cause infectious diseases.
Infectious diseases are diseases caused by Germs (Microorganisms) or their products such as toxins. Infectious diseases are the number one cause of the disease burden in Africa, and are responsible for most of the illness and death on the continent. Infectious diseases may be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. In table 1, examples of infectious diseases and the germs/ organisms causing them are shown.
Clinical chemistry refers to the biochemical analysis of body fluids. It uses chemical reactions to determine the levels of various chemical compounds in bodily fluids. Several simple chemical tests are used to detect and quantify different compounds in blood and urine, the most commonly tested specimens in clinical chemistry.
Techniques such as spectrophotometry, immunoassays, and electrophoresis are also used in clinical chemistry to measure the concentration of substances such as glucose, lipids, enzymes, electrolytes, hormones, proteins, and other metabolic products present in human blood and urine. Read more
Haematology is a branch of medical science that studies the morphology of blood and blood-forming tissues. It covers the cellular composition of blood, blood cell formation, haemoglobin synthesis and all related disorders. Haematological parameters are widely used to support diagnoses and treatment monitoring.
Haematology studies red and white blood cells and platelets, their relative proportions, general cell health and the diseases caused by imbalances between them. Red blood cells have several important roles, but their most important function is to carry oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). White blood cells are an indispensable part of the body’s immune defence system, while platelets play an essential part in blood coagulation. All cells are necessary, but they must be maintained in the right proportions or systems will break down. Read more
What is general medical check-up?
A medical examination for people who are not feeling sick or are already sick but the disease is not yet showing serious symptoms.
Purpose of a general Medical Check-Up
- To detect disease that has no/minimal symptoms yet e.g. Diabetes, Pressure, Hepatitis, HIV, t.c.
- To identify risk factors for common chronic diseases and advise on what to do to prevent or delay their occurrence
How often should you do general Medical Check-Up?
This depends on your age, as follows: Read more
Immunodiagnostic assays are procedures that utilize products of the immune response as integral parts of the test. Basically, immunodiagnostic assays use antibodies generated either against a single antigen or antigens associated with a specific analyte, pathogen, or disease condition. Read more