This is especially true of immunoassay systems, which are among the most mechanically advanced of all medical devices. In general, these remarkable machines are able to perform high volumes of dozens of assays related to abused drugs, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring, anemia assessment, oncology, cardiac status, endocrine functions, fertility and pregnancy, hepatic and renal function, oncology, infectious disease, and many others.
More than a dozen manufacturers produce these systems worldwide and their features vary widely, but all offer reliable, workhorse devices that form a backbone for clinical lab productivity and that have evolved to require minimal maintenance or technician interaction. Here is a brief overview of some of the leading products in this competitive category. Note that each of the companies mentioned manufactures a range of devices to accommodate the size and production levels of both large and small laboratories.
Abbott Diagnostics, a division of Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Ill., describes its AxSYM as the leading immunoassay system in the world. It is used in more than 10,000 laboratories across the globe. This system combines continuous access, random access and STAT processing with a broad testing menu. AxSYM allows medium- and higher-volume clinical laboratories to process a variety of immunodiagnostic tests simultaneously, while also adding tests while the instrument is running.
The company has recently introduced the systems thir