Blood components are easily analyzed and diseases detected and monitored using hematology analyzers in contemporary healthcare and research facilities globally.
Scientists and researchers often use hematology analyzers to count and characterize blood cells in samples of patient blood collected.
These devices help them easily detect diseases or monitor the progress of treatment over time in patient blood.
Analyzers basically return a complete blood count (CBC) with a three-part differential white blood cell (WBC) count.
More sophisticated analyzers (five-part differential) measure cell morphology/shape and can detect small cell populations to diagnose rare blood conditions.
This is particularly useful in conditions such as rare leukemias, blood cancers, myeloproliferative neoplasms, histiocytosis, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.
The Technology Behind Hematology Analyzers
Blood analyzers function using three basic physical technologies. These include:
- fluorescent flow cytometry
- electrical impedance
- flow cytometry
Usually, these technologies work when combines with chemical reagents that lyse or alter blood cells and make the measurable parameters easily detected and differentiated by the machine.
Quality and precise analyzers help scientists and researchers deliver precise, accurate results faster.
Some Benefits of Top-of-the-line Analyzers
Healthcare facilities that use top-of-the-line hematology analyzers tend to have enhanced laboratory operations and significantly improved patient outcomes.
Some of the benefits which accrue to both the patients, the healthcare provider as well as the healthcare facility include:
- Faster Output: Accurate results can be achieved quickly. Use automated repeat and reflex testing to reduce TAT and get accurate results faster from difficult specimens
- Increase Productivity: With automated processes and tools, manual work is reduced. They help you achieve more results with less resources.
- Increase Efficiency: With automated analyzers, workspace is freed up with instruments designed for your laboratory’s fit and convenience needs. Also, data management tools also help for increased efficiency and auto-validation.
- Improved Profitability: With costs lower, higher throughputs and faster outcomes, your bottom line is enhanced. Analytical testing is done more economically using efficient hematology solutions.
Considerations To Make When Selecting A Hematology Analyzer
Every hematology analyzer returns a CBC and a three- or five-part White Blood Cell differential. However, even the simplest analyzer will return multiple parameters in a single result.
There are some key factors to consider before selecting an analyzer of choice for your facility.
When considering the analyzers to get for your facility, remember to consider the primary location options.
Where will the device be located in any of these places in your facility:
- in a clinical or diagnostic lab,
- in a research lab
- in consulting room,
- or by the patients bedside.
Usually, statutory regulatory approval must be obtained if you desire to utilize the analyzer for research purposes rather than clinical purposes.
Key questions you should consider before making a purchase:
- What sample size and microsampling will the facility be handling?
- What range of tests will be carried out?
- What kind of reagents will be required and where will I source them?
- What is the accuracy, precision, and linearity of the device?
- What is the degree of automation of the device and its processes?
- What is the total time per analysis?
- How will you manage maintenance, calibration, and quality control?
- How will you analyze results analysis and store samples?
- Will there be any footprint (digital/radioactive)?
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