"We process daily internal quality controls and monthly external quality controls to ensure the highest accuracy in the analysis results".
DR. ÁLVARO GONZÁLEZ HERNÁNDEZ DIRECTOR. BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT
The Biochemistry Service of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is responsible for performing the biochemical analyses requested by the medical specialists of our center.
To guarantee the quality of its analytical results, it has state-of-the-art equipment and processes daily internal quality controls and monthly external quality controls. Its portfolio of services includes more than 250 analytical tests. It has implemented a Quality Management System according to ISO 15189, being accredited by ENAC (technical annex rev.5 / date 10/09/2021) for spectrophotometry, indirect potentiometry, immunoturbidimetry and immunoassay tests.
The turnaround time for a general analysis is about 2 hours, which allows the specialists to have a second consultation with the patient on the same day to inform him/her of the results obtained.
The Clinic is also one of the 3 expert centers in porphyria in Spain according to the European Porphyria Network (EPNET).
It is also involved in the analytical process of its own research projects or in collaboration with other Services and specialists. It also performs analyses for research teams from the Universdad de Navarra and external centers or companies through the Research Support Laboratory (LAI).
The specialists of the Service have a strong teaching background as they teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and School of Nursing, and are accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA).
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Biochemistry at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra
Accreditation of a multitude of parameters according to the specific standard for clinical laboratories
State-of-the-art equipment to cover a portfolio of more than 250 tests
Breath sample analysis can detect lactose and fructose intolerance, as well as H. pylori infection.
Service platform that provides methodological and technical assistance to research projects, both internal and from other research centers, universities or external companies.
Organized in assistance areas
Our goal is to make a quick diagnosis in order to establish the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible
General Biochemistry and Urine
The most frequently requested blood and urine parameters are analyzed.
These tests are highly sensitive in detecting damage and its severity, so their results are essential for guiding the diagnosis and monitoring the evolution of patients.
Spectrophotometric, potentiometric and immunoturbidimetric methods are used.
Hormones and tumor markers
They include endocrinological and metabolic analyses under basal conditions and some parameters that are analyzed under controlled stimulation conditions, using electrochemiluminescence immunoassays and radioimmunoassays (RIA).
Molecules that allow the diagnosis and evolutionary follow-up of different diseases, mainly oncological, are also quantified by means of electrochemiluminescence immunoassays and ELISAS.
Blood and urine magnitudes of interest in the diagnosis and monitoring of nutritional status, inflammatory processes, hematological, renal and immunological diseases are analyzed. As well as cerebrospinal fluid analysis for the diagnosis of some neurological diseases.
The analyses are performed by spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, immunonephelometry, immunoturbidimetry and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
Trace elements, metabolites, vitamins and various markers are analyzed by means of highly sensitive analytical technology such as immunoassays, HPLC or atomic absorption.
Breath tests are performed for the study of lactose and fructose intolerance and gastric infections.
Our team of professionals
The Laboratory attends to all the medical departments of the Clinic with the maximum guarantees of quality
The Biochemistry Laboratory has a catalog of 350 tests and performs an average of 600,000 analyses per year.
As an essential complement to their teaching and assistance dedication, the Laboratory professionals also focus their efforts on research projects.
For this purpose, the facilities have metabolomics, immunoassay, atomic absorption and liquid and gas chromatography units.