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MGCD Offers Free Webinar: Understanding the New DLco Standards


|| Please note that this article is discussing a webinar that has already taken place. ||

The ATS/ERS published new standards for DLCO testing in the January 2017 issue of the European Respiratory Journal. These new standards are an update to the 2005 technical standards for single-breath carbon monoxide uptake in the lung. 

The ATS (American Thoracic Society) and the ERS (European Respiratory Society) appointed a joint taskforce to review the recent literature on the measurement of DLCO and surveyed the current technical capabilities of instrumentation being manufactured around the world. The recommendations in the document represent the consensus of the taskforce members in regard to the evidence available for various aspects of DLCO measurement.

The major changes between the new standards and those from 2005is that these technical standards relate to DLCO measurement with systems using rapidly responding gas analysers for carbon monoxide and the tracer gas, which are now the most common type of DLCO instrumentation being manufactured. Technical improvements and the increased capability afforded by these new systems permit enhanced measurement of DLCO and the opportunity to include other optional measures of lung function.

MGCD is pleased to be able to offer a resource to those who utilize these guidelines day-in and day-out presented by one of the authors of the guidelines, Dr. Brendan Cooper. This accredited 60-minute interactive webinar will take place on October 11th, 2017. It will walk the attendee through the new 2017 ATS/ERS DLco Standards and the potential impact on test interpretation and medical decision making.

Dr. Brendan Cooper, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Biol, FRSB, FERS, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK will be the presenter for this webinar. Dr. Cooper is one of the authors of the standards and has extensive industry experience including a role as a clinical scientist for the past 30 years. He has written countless publications about lung volumes, COPD, Sleep and reporting, amongst many other topics.


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