Detection of 'rare event' fetal erythroblasts in maternal blood using automated microscopy

HJ Tanke*, JC Oosterwijk, WE Mesker, MCMO vonVelzen, CM Knepfle, CC Wiesmeyer, GJB vonOmmen, HHH Kanhai, J Vrolijk

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This paper describes the use of automated microscopy to detect fetal erythroblasts in maternal blood. The technology is based on the following approach: (1) the use of centrifugal cytology for the preparation of monolayers; (2) simultaneous staining of fetal hemoglobin (immunoalkaline phosphatase) and chromosome sequences (FISH); (3) multi-mode microscopy to detect rare events; (4) visual evaluation of image memories containing detected objects. Model systems show that fetal cells in frequencies as low as 1 in a million cells can be detected easily (manually or by automated microscopy). Algorithms for automated cell selection were developed for a test set of 6 patients. Optimization of hardware and software routines will make analysis of several million cells in approximately 1 h feasible.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)S89-S93
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftEarly Human Development
StatusPublished - 30-dec-1996
EvenementCongress on Recent Advances in Prenatal Diagnosis for Aneuploidy - , Netherlands
Duur: 1-mei-19963-mei-1996

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