In vitro blood tests facilitate the early diagnosis of diseases, allergies, infections and other medical issues. The term ‘in vitro’ literally means ‘in glass’ – these tests were originally performed in glass test tubes.
The study of living organisms is extremely complex, making it difficult to identify the individual components of a blood sample. The main benefit of in vitro blood analysis is that it allows a detailed investigation of the sample with focus on a small number of components.
The benefits of in vitro testing include:
- Helps physicians diagnose conditions without invasive procedures
- Reduces patient risk as the tests are done on samples instead of people
- The same sample can be used to perform many tests
- Diagnosis is faster and easier
- Cost or treatment is reduced
In vitro testing has come a long way and blood chemistry analysis has become simple and efficient with immunoassay systems such as the Roche Hitachi 917. This fully automated, discrete, computerized immunoassay system permits efficient quantitative and qualitative in vitro analysis of a wide range of chemical substances in blood and other body fluids. It offers flexible and efficient 24 x 7 operation. Featuring an analytical unit and a control unit, it comes with several capabilities such as automated rerun, automatic calibration notification, automatic sample blanking and automatic dilution. Recertified models of this advanced piece of lab equipment are also available.