Chemistry

The Chemistry / Special Chemistry department at Northern Light Laboratory performs a comprehensive test menu, with the vast majority of testing being performed upon receipt. 

The Chemistry department performs to the highest standards on national proficiency testing, thus ensuring accurate and reliable results. Our technologists are highly-experienced and are able to work directly with physicians and nurses to assist in complex disease management. General consultation and result interpretation assistance is available upon request.

The Chemistry department participates in Eastern Maine Medical Center’s School of Medical Laboratory Science teaching program. Teaching allows us to pass down our vast expertise to the next generation of laboratory professionals and keeps us up-to-date with advancements in the field.

The Chemistry department at Northern Light Laboratory is the first facility in New England to utilize the Cobas e801 platform by Roche Diagnostics. This highly-automated platform allows our lab to offer an extensive test menu with fast turn-around-times for our clients.  
 

Our Chemistry department provides the following services:
  • We are the first laboratory in New England to offer the ‘5th Generation High-Sensitivity Troponin’
  • State-of-the-art immunoassay testing using electrochemiluminscence (ECL) technology offering a broad measuring range and low-end sensitivity
  • Automated platforms with a comprehensive test menu comprising more than 70 analytes including reflexive-testing options
  • On-site analyte testing for open heart surgical patients
  • Thromboelastograph (TEG) testing to support our tier one trauma and surgical teams
  • Our pathologists partner with oncologists to interpret and track the treatment progress of Multiple Myeloma patients using special electrophoretic protein assay results
  • Autoimmune assays to screen and monitor therapy response of patients suffering from diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Celiac and Mixed Connective Tissue diseases
  • Diagnostic sweat chloride testing for cystic fibrosis (we are one of only two sites in Maine to offer this testing)
  • Partner with physicians through our ‘Patient Blood Management Program’ to monitor anemia levels in pre-op patients and reduce the need for blood transfusions
  • Use of robust cardiac markers to support our clients in the early detection of heart failure
  • Extensive hormone testing available for pregnant patients and couples undergoing fertility treatment
  • Progesterone testing (we are one of only two sites in Maine to offer this testing)
  • Advanced testing to help predict preterm labor and delivery
  • Assays to help track diabetic patients’ response to medical intervention
  • Testing to assess the effectiveness of lipid-lowering drugs on individuals
  • Immunoassay testing for acute and chronic forms of infectious hepatitis

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Contact Chemistry at 207-973-7638