American Association for Clinical Chemistry
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November 2009 Clinical Laboratory News: New Products

Blood Gas Analyzer Module 

Designed for use on Radiometer’s ABL series blood gas analyzers, the RALS-Plus module is a POC data management system that enables users to automatically manage, report, and electronically transfer patient blood gas data to the RALS-Plus database and the hospital’s laboratory information system.

Hepcidin Testing Kit 

The DRG Hepcidin 25 (C-Terminal) ELISA Kit is the first and only diagnostic kit for measuring the hormone hepcidin. The kit provides fast and accurate quantitation of hepcidin to help clinicians diagnose and treat iron deficiency diseases, including anemia, chronic kidney disease, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, and hemochromatosis.

Immunoassay Analyzer

The latest in high throughput immunoassay testing, the AIA-2000 Automated Immunoassay Analyzer features new designs to increase workflow. Up to 960 tests can be loaded by the user, increasing walk-away time to 4 hours. The system includes throughput of 200 tests per hour, 575 tips, two substrate bottles, three incubators with different processing steps, two sampling arms for faster processing of a second reagent, and a full test menu.

Buprenorphine Assay

This new test provides qualitative and semi-quantitative screening of norbuprenorphine (buprenorphine metabolite) in human urine. The assay’s cutoff value is 10 ng/mL for norbuprenorphine with an analytical sensitivity of 3 ng/mL for buprenorphine and norbuprenorphine. Reagents and calibrators for this assay are liquid and ready-to-use, eliminating the need for mixing, hydrating, or pre-diluting reagents before testing.

SHBG Assay

The Access Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) assay is intended for the differential diagnosis of chronic or excessive androgenic activity, and is available as part of a comprehensive assay menu featured on the Access and UniCel Immunoassay Systems. The Access SHBG assay can also be used in conjunction with the Access Testosterone assay to provide a calculated free androgen index.