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Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers

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Clinical Laboratory Analyzers and Consumable Reagents
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Clinical laboratory analyzers play a major role in the modern clinical pathology laboratory. Key features that define the differential capabilities of clinical analyzers are the degree of automation, computer interface and reporting capabilities, throughput capacity, detection methodology, and error reduction. Many clinical laboratories have adopted fully integrated systems where platforms utilizing different modular techniques for testing (e.g. immunoassays versus photochemistry) are streamlined into one functional unit. A fully automated system should allow for facilitated interruption of workflow if emergent needs arise.

Reagents used by clinical analyzers include those used for quality control and calibration as well as the specific analytes used for measuring substances in patient samples. These reagents are usually purchased in bulk and comprise a large part of a laboratory's inventory of consumable products. Many automated clinical analyzers have the capacity to work with both manufacturer-specific and other reagents (i.e. open system). The decision to purchase a particular analyzer may be based in part on this capacity since open systems offer an increased level of flexibility in the introduction or modification of new assays and/or analytes if accuracy (e.g. dispension of analytes), length of shelf-life, chemical stability, and cost-effectiveness are not compromised.

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Leica Microsystems is a leading global developer and manufacturer of a broad range of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the imaging, measurement, and analysis of microstructures. Leica Microsystems is one of the market leaders in each of its four divisions: Life Science, Industry, Biosystems, and Surgical. Business areas include Microscopy and Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, Medical Equipment, and Antibodies and Reagents. The company offers instruments and system solutions for the entire histopathology process including the Novocastra™ range of antibodies and reagents, consumable products, and clinical microscopes. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 9 manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 20 countries and an international network of dealers.

Sakura Finetek USA is leading the revolution in Pathology with the Tissue-Tek® Xpress Rapid Tissue Processor and the AutoTEC® Automated Embedding System. Together these technologies allow your laboratory to achieve new levels in productivity. Our full line of Tissue-Tek® histology instrumentation and consumables include Tissue Processors, Embedding Systems, Microtomy and Cryotomy instruments, and Stainers and Coverslippers. Sakura is committed to changing the future of Pathology. Please visit our website at www.sakuraus.com for more details on our product portfolio, or contact Theresa Ford, Director of Marketing, at tford@sakuraus.com or 800 725 8723 X 7873.

Ventana Medical is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of medical diagnostic instrument and reagent systems providing leading-edge automation technology for use in slide-based diagnosis of cancer and infectious disease. Our products are found in hospital-based histology laboratories, independent reference laboratories, and the drug discovery laboratories of some of the world's largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government labs, and medical research centers. For more information, please visit our website at www.ventanamed.com or call us at 800.227.2155.

Past / future feature pages:

July 2012: Imaging / digital / photography
August 2012: Books & Journals
September 2012: Antibodies
October 2012: Laboratories

December 2012: Grossing workstations / lab furniture
January 2013: Billing / consulting / management
February 2013: Microscopes / slide imaging
March 2013: Tissue processors / other histology
April 2013: Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME
May 2013: Computer software and systems
June 2013: Diagnostic testing / reagents
July 2013: Imaging / digital / photography
August 2013: Books & Journals
September 2013: Antibodies
October 2013: Laboratories
November 2013: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers

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