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How to Choose a Hematology Analyzer

Clinical laboratories, hospitals, and clinics require high-quality automated hematology CBC analyzers. Doctors and laboratories use these systems to detect and monitor diseases.

What is a Complete Blood Count (CBC)?

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) is a blood test used by medical professionals to evaluate a patient’s overall health. It checks the levels of different types of cells in the blood.

White Blood Cells (WBCs) - WBCs help the immune system to fight infections
Red Blood Cells (RBCs) - RBCs contain hemoglobin which helps carry oxygen in the body
Hemoglobin (Hgb) - A protein in blood that holds oxygen
Hematocrit (HCT) - Volume percentage of red blood cells (RBCs) in blood
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) - The average size of the blood cells
Platelets - Platelets help clot blood

What should you consider when purchasing a hematology analyzer?

1. Choose a reputable brand;
2. Review the technical specifications and competitor analysis;
3. Find the right IVD equipment supplier;
4. Review your budget.

Choosing a Reputable Brand

Many IVD manufacturers offer automated hematology analyzers. It is important to research and find a reputable brand with a history of providing high-quality analyzers, reagents, and support.

Review the Technical Specifications and Competitor Analysis

Every automated hematology analyzer will vary in terms of the features available, throughput, parameters, and required reagents, so you need to make your decision based on your specific laboratory requirements. Look for analyzers that offer a user-friendly interface, automated QC programs, and consistent and accurate results. The manufacturer should provide an extensive list of technical specifications and a competitor analysis to highlight what makes their products the best option.

Find the right IVD Equipment Supplier

Select the right IVD equipment supplier that is familiar with the brand you are looking to purchase. The supplier should be focused on the IVD products and have in-depth knowledge of the laboratory structure and customer needs. The right supplier will have certified engineers on staff ready to provide analyzer installation, on-site service, parts and phone technical support. The supplier should have proper inventory of OEM reagents, controls and consumables for quick delivery to your lab so you can properly operate the analyzer and eliminate any downtime.

Review Your Budget

There are different hematology analyzer options for all budgets, but you shouldn’t compromise and purchase the least expensive option. A reliable supplier should provide you with the equipment and with maintenance and service contracts. You should not overlook a premium quality analyzer that can offer long-term, cost-effective benefits. The supplier should be willing to discuss all options with you.

Technical Specifications to Consider:

1. Throughput
2. Reagent Consumption & Availability
3. Analyzer Parameters
4. Accuracy, Precision, Linearity
5. Storage Capacity
6. Maintenance and QC procedures

The throughput of an analyzer depends on the parameters being measured. Ideally, a hematology analyzer can return the results of a CBC test in under 60 seconds.

Reagent Consumption & Availability
When calculating your budget for a hematology analyzer, you need to consider the reagent consumption and cost per test. Select an analyzer that features a lower volume of consumption, and you will see a better return on your investment. A lot of laboratories also face issues with unreliable sources for reagents. A reputable manufacturer works closely with the local IVD supplier to ensure adequate stock of reagents, controls, consumables and spare parts.

Analyzer Parameters
When selecting a hematology analyzer, make sure to check the range of the tests it can perform. The cheapest analyzer on the market may not provide you with your actual requirement. Consider the analyzer that fits all of your requirements and select the brand based on the full list of parameters and tests it can provide.

Accuracy, Precision, Linearity
Review the accuracy, linearity, and precision of any system you are considering. These factors are essential to have a fast-performing hematology system.

Storage Capacity
An important consideration for choosing a hematology analyzer is the storage capacity. Make sure to check the memory and the number of results that can be stored on the system for patient results and histograms.

Maintenance and QC Procedures
Ask the manufacturer or IVD equipment supplier about the maintenance of the analyzer. Ask them how frequently the instrument will need to be cleaned, the frequency of maintenance, and the QC features and procedures.

Why should you choose a High Technology, Inc. (HTI) hematology analyzer?

High Technology, Inc. is located in the United States and offers a full range of analyzers that have been on the market for over 15 years. HTI consistently brings new, innovative, and cost-effective solutions to the IVD market.

Their hematology analyzer, the HTI MicroCC-20 Plus, is a 3-part differential system and has been the most popular analyzer for HTI over the past ten years. This analyzer has been placed in over 45 countries worldwide and has over 3,500 active installations.

The HTI MicroCC-20 Plus fulfills all recommended features and requirements for choosing a hematology analyzer. HTI is a reputable brand with certified suppliers all over the world. Their five direct representation offices have all HTI products fully registered in their markets and have highly trained sales representatives and service engineers.

HTI sales representatives can provide you with full technical specifications, competitor analysis, and a return on investment spreadsheet, so you have all the information for making the decision process easier.