Diagnostic and Assay Services
The Department of Tropical Radioisotopes provides laboratory services to support the wider Thai medical community, through diagnostic referrals, and directly supports the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine.
Services include determination of serum vitamin B 12, serum folate, and red blood cell folate. The Department’s folate measurement technique is the most reliable in the region, particularly in Southeast Asia.
Research includes irradiation with gamma rays, x-rays, and ultraviolet rays, to study oxidative stress on macrophage cell lines. The Department is publishing important and comprehensive research on vitamin B 12 and folate levels in Thai foods, which will contribute substantially to improving the health of the Thai people.