Clinical Laboratory Analyzer Archive

Welcome to the AACC History Division Clinical Laboratory Analyzer Archive.

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The pace of technological progress in clinical laboratory testing has been rapid and the working life of most analyzers is less than 10 years.  In order to document and capture an aspect of the history of clinical laboratory testing, the AACC History Division has initiated a long-term project with the objective of  collecting and archiving images of clinical laboratory and point-of-care analyzers (1)  This archive is modeled after similar digital archives for television and computer history (see tvhistory ; blinkenlights; pc-history; or vintage-computer).

How Can Others Help?

AACC's History Division welcomes the submission of images of clinical laboratory analyzers and associated materials.  As well as images of the analyzers, the Division also intends to include images of prototypes and disposables, and electronic versions of instrument manuals, advertisements, and brochures.

Division members would appreciate visitors reading the archive and providing missing information, confirming dates and the identity of analyzers, and sending in new or better images (slides, photographs) of analyzers (please contact: -  Kricka@mail.med.upenn.edu).

Acknowledgements

The Division gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Carl Burtis, Francesco Dati, Helen Free, Neil Greenberg, Charles Hawker, Kenta Imai, Jack Levine, David Ledden, Paul D’Orazio, Christopher Price, Donald Young, Jack Zakowski, and the following companies for supplying images of their products: LabX (Midland, ON, Canada), Instrumentation Laboratory (Bedford, MA), Beckman Coulter Inc. (Brea, CA).

Archive Development Team

Larry Kricka, Ed Neren, Peter Wilding
Please send all correspondence to: Kricka@mail.med.upenn.edu

References

Kricka LJ, Imai K, Wilding P.  Don’t throw it away – send it to me!!  Clin Chem 2010, 56: 1778-80.
Alpert NL.  Automated instruments for clinical chemistry: Review and preview. Clin Chem 1969:15:1198-1209.
Midyett R.  Ten instruments that changed the lab.  MLO 2005;May:30-33.
Skeggs Jr LT.  Persistence … and prayer: From the artificial kidney to the AutoAnalyzer. Clin Chem 2000;46:1425-36.
College of American Pathologists Survey of Instruments. http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal (Accessed February 2011).

Clinical Laboratory Analyzer Archive