A clinical chemistry analyzer is essentially a device for measuring chemical levels in biological processes applicable in scientific activities and research, especially in the medical field, disease diagnosis and pharmaceutical work.
How a Clinical Chemistry Analyzer Works
Biochemistry analyzers apply such measurement technologies as latex agglutination, ion-selective potentiometry and colorimetric and photometric testing that analyze such samples as blood plasma, blood serum or urine.
Biochemistry in general deals with chemicals involved in cellular processes. An analyzer essentially detects enzyme reactions in cells, such as cellular metabolism, genetics, protein synthesis or pharmaceuticals.
Applications for Clinical Analyzers
Biochemistry analyzers are useful laboratory instruments for testing for electrolytes, enzymes or proteins or other analytes in any kind of clinical industry, including high-volume laboratories and small primary care clinics.
Relevant applications include research, pharmaceutical work, albumin and sugar level testing, blood creatine or enzyme analysis, cardiac marker testing, metabolic function discovery, drug abuse or diabetes testing and disease testing.
Biochemistry analyzers involve a range of functional considerations:
- Programmability and test memory
- Built-in incubation
- Flowcell fluid sampling
- Test tube and cuvette handling
- On-board printer
- Throughput and speed in terms of colorimetric and ISE test turnarounds per hour
- Footprint depending on use case and available area
- Microvolume handling
- Data and bar-code management for high-volume operations
- Random-access or STAT capability
- Continuous, random or batch analysis
Automation is also an essential capability that takes the place of time-consuming manual analysis of chemical reactions and biological processes and measurement of substance concentration in reaction mixtures, considerably reducing testing turnaround time.