Clinical chemistry automation began with continuous flow technology in the 1950s and has progressed considerably over time. Automated chemistry analyzers are designed to help all types of laboratories, from small point-of-care clinics to high-throughput clinical labs, ensure accurate and cost-effective diagnostic testing. Markets and Markets reports that the global clinical chemistry analyzer market will grow at a CAGR of 5.52% between 2014 and 2019. According to the report, the Americas is the largest market for these analyzers due to the factors such as increasing healthcare expenditure, growing aging population, rising prevalence to various infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, and rise in rental agreements.
Modern automated clinical chemistry analyzers use measurement technologies such as absorbance photometry, turbidimetry, ion selective potentiometry, latex agglutination and homogeneous EIA (Enzyme Immunoassay). In addition to being cost-effective, they are user-friendly and extremely efficient, and test serum, urine, plasma, and cerebrospinal fluid samples for a variety of specific analytes such as proteins, electrolytes, enzymes and general chemistries. As a result, they are useful in the monitoring of a wide variety of disease states including anemia, diabetes, cardiac markers, drugs of abuse, metabolic functions, hepatic function, and therapeutic drug monitoring. These devices are designed to help laboratories
- Reduce turnaround time
- Improve work flow
- Save laboratory space
- Minimize manual processes
- Provide fast and accurate results
- Improve safety and reduce risk of cross-contamination
Most equipment also comes with advanced data management capacities and requires only minimal supervision and maintenance.
Earlier, lab analyzers were either bench top or floor standing models, but now they are designed for modular configuration or for total laboratory automation. Leading manufacturers of these clinical chemistry analyzers include – Awareness Technology, Beckman Coulter, Abbott and Siemens. Popular automated analyzer models include the STAT FAX® 3300 which comes with a flip-up display screen and a plug-in standard external keyboard for easy data entry, the ChemWell® FUSION that enables ELISA and CLIA assays to run together on a single instrument, even within a single plate, and the UniCel DxC 800 which can process up to 1,440 tests per hour.
Size and type of laboratory, level of automation, volume of testing, throughput capabilities, and cost-effectiveness are important factors to consider when buying clinical laboratory analyzers.