Introduction to Distinguishing Similar Elements

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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course The Urine Microscopic: Microscopic Analysis of Urine Sediment. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Introduction to Distinguishing Similar Elements

In previous exercises, we examined the formed elements of the urine sediment, including casts, cells, crystals, and miscellaneous structures. Sometimes elements in the urine sediment may be confused with other elements that have some similarities. The following pages discuss some of these elements and how they can be distinguished from a similar element to provide accurate identification.