By the 1970s, there were already many examples of how radioimmunoassays improved diagnostic laboratory methods. Although mildly disadvantaged because of the need for special conditions related to the handling and measurement of radioactive isotopes, radioimmunoassays offered a technology which had the potential to enhance the sensitivity of antigen or antibody detection. There was also the potential to apply this technology to an automated system if specimen numbers were high.


Radioactive Isotope Antibody Detection Specimen Number Previous Assay Lipid Antigen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nevio Cimolai
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  1. 1.The University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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