Immunoassay analyzers are an indispensable in all types of laboratories, whether large hospital, clinic or physician office. Each of these settings has different requirements and therefore choosing the appropriate immunoassay analyzer would depend on their specific goals. For instance, drug assay as well as microbiology and diagnostic immunology can now be combined with the standard immunoassay.
Setting determines Choice
Large hospital laboratories benefit with random access analyzers with short turnaround time to first result. So timeliness and the breadth of the menu would be critical factors to consider. Commercial laboratories, on the other hand, may regard thoroughput or volume of work as the most important consideration. Smaller laboratories may consider space as their priority and consider compact systems.
Accuracy is Crucial
For medical labs, clinical and technical factors such as accuracy, precision, sensitivity and range dynamics are crucial. The reason is obvious – poor or erroneous performance of immunoassays jeopardizes diagnosis and patient safety, and thereby increases physician risk.
Two Smart Options
There are many automated random-access immunoassay systems in the market and choosing the right one is often a complex task. The Bayer ADVIA Centaur from Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics is extremely popular for its ability to meet the growing needs of present-day hospitals and clinical labs. It comes with a comprehensive testing menu for infectious diseases, thyroid, fertility and anemia, as well as assays for cancer makers, cardiac analysis, allergy testing and therapeutic drug monitoring. It provides optimal productivity, flexibility and precision for successful workload management.
For labs with budget limitations, the Mini VIDAS, a multiparametric immunoassay product from Bio Merieux, fits the bill. This fully automated immunoassay analyzer is available recertified with leading lab equipment suppliers. A compact model with a built-in computer, keypad, and printer, the Mini VIDAS needs only one-point recalibration every 14 days and involves minimal maintenance.