Ann Lab Med 2018; 38(6): 512-517
An Automated Draft Report Generator for Peripheral Blood Smear Examinations Based on Complete Blood Count Parameters
Young-gon Kim, M.D.1, Jung Ah Kwon, M.D.1, Yeonsook Moon, M.D.2, Seong Jun Park, M.D.1, Sangwook Kim, M.D.1, Hyun-A Lee, M.T.1, Sun-Young Ko, M.D.1, Eun-Ah Chang, M.D.1, Myung-Hyun Nam, M.D.1, Chae Seung Lim, M.D.1, and Soo-Young Yoon, M.D., Ph.D.1
1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
Corresponding author: Soo-Young Yoon
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, 148 Gurodong-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul 08308, Korea
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Received: December 4, 2017; Revised: February 1, 2018; Accepted: June 26, 2018; Published online: November 1, 2018.
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Background: Complete blood count (CBC) results play an important role in peripheral blood smear (PBS) examinations. Many descriptions in PBS reports may simply be translated from CBC parameters. We developed a computer program that automatically generates a PBS draft report based on CBC parameters and age- and sex-matched reference ranges.
Methods: The Java programming language was used to develop a computer program that supports a graphical user interface. Four hematology analyzers from three different laboratories were tested: Sysmex XE-5000 (Sysmex, Kobe, Japan), Sysmex XN-9000 (Sysmex), DxH800 (Beckman Coulter, Brea, CA, USA), and ADVIA 2120i (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Eschborn, Germany). Input data files containing 862 CBC results were generated from hematology analyzers, middlewares, or laboratory information systems. The draft reports were compared with the content of input data files.
Results: We developed a computer program that reads CBC results from a data file and automatically writes a draft PBS report. Age- and sex-matched reference ranges can be automatically applied. After examining PBS, users can modify the draft report based on microscopic findings. Recommendations such as suggestions for further evaluations are also provided based on morphological findings, and they can be modified by users. The program was compatible with all four hematology analyzers tested.
Conclusions: Our program is expected to reduce the time required to manually incorporate CBC results into PBS reports. Systematic inclusion of CBC results could help improve the reliability and sensitivity of PBS examinations.
Keywords: Complete blood count, Peripheral blood smear, Draft report generator

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