ImmunoQuery has a vast diagnosis list that is always growing. In order to save time and improve accuracy, several effective searching methods can be employed by the pathologist.
Acronym Search. If the desired diagnosis has a commonly known acronym, simply type in the acronym or partial acronym in the search box. The dropdown will show a list of possible matches. This case, GIST, has only one.
Partial Keyword Search. Sometimes, the most effective searching method is by partial keyword. For example, a pathologist may want to search for a diagnosis by site, i.e., the “pancreas.” Because of differing naming conventions, diagnoses involving the pancreas can include the words “pancreas,” “pancreatic,” and “pancreaticobilliary.” To capture all diagnoses involving this site, you normally would have to search the diagnosis list for all three terms and chose the best match. Instead, using the partial keyword that includes the common letters, i.e., “pancrea” will display all diagnoses in one filtered list:
A tip on use of partial keywords: Consider all alternative terms when selecting your search terms and choose letters that both words have in common, or partial keywords, when possible. For example, if a pathologist wanted to view all diagnoses that include the cell type, “Acinar Cell,” they should remember that some diagnoses may also use “Acinic Cell.” Therefore, a partial keyword of “Acin” would include both alternative names in the search results.
Caveat: Some synonyms do not have any letters in common, for example “Bladder carcinoma” and “Transitional cell carcinoma.” In these cases, the diagnosis list will need to be searched to find the preferred ImmunoQuery term.
How can I improve my antibody searches in ImmunoQuery?
Acronym and partial keyword searches. The same methods that work effectively for searching diagnosis names also work for finding antibodies. ImmunoQuery’s library of antibodies can be searched by class or clone name using acronyms (i.e., “MBP” for “Myelin Basic Protein”) or partial keywords (“kit” for “C-KIT”). Only two letters are required to initiate Smart Search.
Caveat: Some antibodies commonly have dashes in their names. ImmunoQuery names retain dashes and spaces, just as they appear in the literature. Smart Search will recognize dashes, so if initially you cannot find an antibody (i.e., you type “S100”), try searching with the dash (i.e., “S-100”).
Clone name. Similar to diagnosis names, differing naming conventions sometimes prevent quickly finding an antibody class. For example, the antibody for smooth muscle actin is sometimes known both SMA and Actin-SM. In this case it may be more effective to search ImmunoQuery by clone name. In a search for “1A4” the pathologist can quickly find ACTIN-SM.
Caveat: Although one may select a search based on clone name, all antibody results panels are reported for the class.