Pathology Labs in Delhi
The rise in health problems and the emergence of Delhi as one of the healthcare services hubs in the country has increased the need for pathology labs in the city-state in the last few years. Some of the larger and reputed players in the country call the city their home and provide cutting-edge testing services to the medical community. These state of the art pathology labs provide accurate and timely diagnostic results for physicians and clinics, taking care of patients coming from different parts of the country to undergo their treatment in the city and its suburbs.
The premier laboratories in Delhi are certified by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), an autonomous body set up with the support of the Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India. These pathology labs offer a wide array of tests and services covering:
- General Pathology
- Molecular Pathology
- Surgical Pathology
- Haematology & Flow Cytometry
- Immunohistochemistry (IHC)
- Clinical Research Services
Some of the labs have also focused on specialised services or fields. For instance, Oncquest is the leading lab in the city with a focus on oncology — though it also offers multi-platform pathology services including molecular pathology and surgical pathology.
Oncquest started its journey in 2002 as a molecular diagnostic research laboratory and has now become a cornerstone for the healthcare industry. In addition to providing diagnostic services for patients, it also collaborates with pharmaceutical and healthcare companies for clinical activities in the country.
The firm is a pioneer in diagnostic oncology. It was the first commercial laboratory in India to offer tests such as:
- RQ-PCR assays for monitoring and Break point analysis of CML patients
- RQ-PCR based gene amplification assays for profiling of Breast Cancer
- Gene Sequencing — EGFR & GIST Mutation /C-Kit Mutation
- RT-PCR based diagnostic assays
- Flow Cytometry-based diagnosis of PNH
- FISH method for MLL gene rearrangement
- Clopidogrel and Warfarin Pharmacogenomics assays
Its pathology labs are accredited by NABL (ISO15189:2007) and College of American Pathologists (CAP). It also maintains close ties with global institutions such as International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (APLAC). The lab’s centres maintain a high level of quality assurance in both anatomic pathology and general laboratory medicine. Their quality assurance plan continues to notch up measurable and meaningful indicators affecting patients in the city. The focus on quality has helped to improve significantly patient treatment and care in partner and non-partner hospitals and clinics.
In addition to Oncquest, there are other established and new pathology labs in Delhi that offer yeoman service in diagnostics. The industry has become quite vibrant and patients can only expect world-class services when they visit these centres for diagnosis of their problems.