Modern hematology analyzers come with advanced capabilities and can process hundreds of samples accurately within a short span of time. Hematology lab tests include assessments of blood formation and blood disorders. Examples of hematology tests include full blood count, white blood cell counts, complete blood counts, reticulocyte analysis, and coagulation tests.
Hematology analyzers differ in terms of features with closed vial testing and open sampling testing. Some hematology analyzers use flow cytometry labels and detectors to distinguish cell populations. Automated devices provide accurate tests results in quick time, providing fast, reliable information. Advanced features of compact bench top instruments include single button operator interface, automated QA functions, user-friendly software interface and easy programming options.
Leading manufacturers offer advanced models designed to meet the needs of modern labs of all sizes. For instance, a popular model, the Abbott Cell Dyn 1800 comes with superior data management capabilities. Moreover, it is so compact that it can fit under standard physician office laboratory cabinets. Bayer’s ADVIA® 120 System offers a unique portfolio of diagnostic assays and gold-standard flow cytometry testing. Beckman Coulter’s Ac•T 5 diff is an econonomical option for low-volume labs as it allows them to advance to 5-part differential analysis at an affordable price.
Test capability requirements, budget limitations and staffing are important factors that laboratories need to consider while choosing a hematology analyzer. Other factors to consider include
- Product features and specifications
- Accuracy level
- User friendliness
- Lab space
- Warranty period
- Cost effectiveness
- Efficient data management
- Noise-free operation
- Availability of accessories and reagents
- CLSI (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute) compliance
An established lab equipment supplier offers both new and recertified models of hematology analyzers. A recertified analyzer costs much less than a new one, but works just as well. Reliable dealers offer recertified devices along with service contracts, timely delivery and maintenance/repair services.