BC Cancer is the provincial referral centre for Lymphoma diagnosis. Vancouver is the only centre to provide clinical Immunophenotyping using a thirteen colour Flow Cytometer.
The immunophenotyping is performed on samples including blood, bone marrow, body fluids, fine needle aspirates and various body tissues. We are considered a high volume laboratory with 3000 cases tested each year.
1953 - Flow Cytometry was put in practice using the Coulter principle.
1980 - Explosive growth in the use of Flow Cytometry in clinical medicine.
2009 - Eight colour Flow Cytometer Canto II is in operation at BC Cancer.
2015 - Thirteen colour Flow Cytometer Fortessa is in operation at BC Cancer.