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Flow Cytometry

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.

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