Diagnostic Approach to Anemia


The understanding of anemias is very important as clinicians attempt to provide high quality medical care to their patients. The medical laboratory scientist must also understand anemias to provide the needed information to physicians. This lecture will address the basics of the classification of anemias and tools used in the medical laboratory to assess a patient’s blood health or presence of anemia.

Originally presented on June 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Archana Mishra Agarwal, MD

Archana Mishra Agarwal, MD

Medical Director, Hepatopathology
ARUP Laboratories
Medical Director, Special Genetics
ARUP Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Agarwal is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her MD at Delhi University in India and was a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of Iowa. She served as a pathology resident, a hematopathology fellow, and a molecular genetics pathology fellow at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Agarwal is board certified in hematopathology, anatomic pathology, and clinical pathology. She is also a member of several professional societies, including the College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Dr. Agarwal’s research interests include red-cell enzymopathies, hemoglobinopathies, and molecular hematopathology.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List the basic hematological parameters used to assess for the presence or absence of anemia.
  • Discuss the types of anemias and their particular clinical manifestations.
  • Describe diagnostic tests used in the assessment of anemia.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories