WHAT IS PACKED CELL VOLUME (PCV) OR HEMATOCRIT? USES AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATION OF PACKED CELL VOLUME (PCV)
- Detection of presence or absence of anemia or polycythemia
- Estimation of red cell indices (mean cell volume and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration)
- Checking accuracy of hemoglobin value (Hemoglobin in grams/dl × 3 = PCV).
This method is also more accurate as plasma trapping in red cell column is less.