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Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Launches B12, Folate, and Ferritin Tests on Its Dimension vista Intelligent Lab System
Date:1/16/2008

Anemia test menu expanded through use of advanced LOCI(R) chemiluminescence

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DEERFIELD, Ill., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, today announced that it has launched the LOCI(R) Folate, LOCI(R) B12, and LOCI(R) Ferritin tests for use on the Dimension Vista(R) 1500 Intelligent Lab System, an ultra-integrated chemistry analyzer. These tests are used by physicians to diagnose and monitor anemia in patients, and further expand Siemens' LOCI immunoassay test menu for the Dimension Vista System.

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Anemia is generally defined as a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells in the circulation or an abnormally low concentration of hemoglobin, which is necessary to carry oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, folic acid deficiency anemia, and iron deficiency anemia are among the most commonly diagnosed anemias.

"Anemia is estimated to affect up to 30 percent of the world's population," said Jim Reid-Anderson, President, and CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "Early diagnosis and effective treatment of anemia can make a strong contribution to improving patient outcomes and enhancing the quality of life. With the addition of B12, Folate, and Ferritin to the Dimension Vista Intelligent Lab System test menu, we can further support physicians in advancing the successful treatment of the most common forms of anemia."

Through the use of the LOCI Advanced Chemiluminescence Technology, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics provides clinical laboratories greater levels of testing sensitivity for immunoassay testing and a broad test menu capability on the Dimension Vista Intelligent Lab system. This ultra-integrated chemistry analyzer now offers one of the most comprehensive menus for the detection and differenti
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