Chemistry Analyzers

State of Laboratory Technology 2019 - Vol. 8 No. 10 - Page #24

Chemistry analyzers and integrated chemistry automation is common in clinical laboratories of all sizes, the scope and sophistication of which depends largely on volume. While the bulk of facilities use medium and high-volume instruments, many facilities incorporate low-volume analyzers into their workflow to scale testing to demand.

Today’s chemistry analyzers tackle a number of functions impacting a wide variety of disease states. They are used to determine the concentration of certain metabolites, electrolytes, proteins, and/or drugs in samples of serum, plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and/or other body fluids. When coordinated via automation and the information system, the processes of the core chemistry lab increase in value to the provision of health care.

User satisfaction is strong in this category, with over three-quarters of facilities giving top marks to their analyzers.

Many facilities have chemistry testing volumes that necessitate high-volume analyzers, with most low-volume instrument utilization concentrated in smaller facilities.

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Test availability is the most important factor in choosing a chemistry analyzer, but the analytical method is increasingly important.

Given their workload, 61% of facilities expect to acquire new analyzers within the next few years.

Siemens, Beckman Coulter, Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Diagnostics, and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics are the leaders in systems in use, with Bio-Rad making a concerted push as well.

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