Hematology analyzers are used in clinical testing laboratories, hospitals, and research institutions to determine the number of white and red blood cells, platelets and hemoglobin levels in blood samples. Made up of multiple analytical modules with unique sample preparation processes, this medical lab equipment assists in the diagnosis of infections, anemia, viruses, diabetes, genetic problems, and cancer. It also regulates plasma drug level for both therapeutic and illicit drugs.
A recent market report from Research and Markets states that the global hematology analyzers market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.93% during the period 2016-2020. Ranging from large capital analyzers to bench-top type and point-of-care (POC) models, different types of analyzers are available based on the requirement.
In hematology testing, flow cytometry technique that helps physicians analyze blood samples and examine the detailed morphology of cells is very popular. Other techniques used to visualize platelets and nucleated red blood cells (RBCs) are fluorescent and laser flow cytometry.
According to the above mentioned report, factors that contribute to the growth of the market include:
- Age-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that need blood sample analysis
- Increase in blood donations in developing and developed countries
- Technological advances
- Emergence of personalized treatment
However, high cost of analyzers is a growth restraining factor. Many end-users such as small reference laboratories and research laboratories cannot afford maintenance and service costs of this analyzer.
Based on the type of automation, fully automated and semi-automated analyzers are available. High-throughput labs require automation of their hematology workflow and the capability to integrate with other systems.
Based on geography, the market is divided into areas such as Americas, APAC and EMEA. Key vendors operating in the market include Abbott Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, HORIBA and Sysmex, Drucker Diagnostics, Roche Diagnostics, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, and Sigma-Aldrich.
Hematology reagents are used in conjunction with the analyzers to ensure better performance. For instance, Beckman Coulter hematology reagents are specifically designed and continually monitored for optimal use with this specific manufacturer’s hematology instruments.
Your choice of analyzer will be driven primarily by the setting of use such as patient bedside, consulting room, clinical lab, or research lab. Other factors to consider include range of tests, time per analysis, automation, reagent supply, sample size and micro sampling, accuracy, precision, linearity, results analysis and storage and footprint.