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Alcor Scientific Demonstrates Fully-Automated ESR Analyzers

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 14 Nov 2023
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Image: The iSED fully-automated ESR analyzer is on display at MEDICA 2023 (Photo courtesy of ALCOR)
Image: The iSED fully-automated ESR analyzer is on display at MEDICA 2023 (Photo courtesy of ALCOR)

ALCOR Scientific (Smithfield, RI, USA) is demonstrating its innovative diagnostic instrumentation and medical devices for the healthcare industry at MEDICA 2023.

Visitors to the ALCOR booth can take a close look at the iSED ESR Analyzer and the miniiSED ESR Analyzer which provide virtually instantaneous results with a fully automated workflow. ALCOR’s iSED capillary photometry technology is based on syllectometry. Photometric rheology is used to quantify the rouleaux formation, which is the earliest and most critical phase of red blood cell sedimentation. Red blood cells are injected into the iSED analyzers’ flow cell which causes them to disaggregate. The flow cell sensors capture the difference in light transmission over time as the injected red blood cells begin to re-aggregate.

The technical innovation of ALCOR’s ESR analyzers consists of “directly” measuring the aggregation of the red blood cells, whereas the traditional methods “indirectly” measure the aggregation of the red blood cells by recording the length at which the red cells settle in a Westergren tube. Like traditional ESR testing, iSED results are provided in mm/hr. iSED technology is highly correlated to the Westergren method, and test results are available in just 15-20 seconds without the drawbacks and inconvenience of traditional ESR testing.

At MEDICA 2023, ALCOR is also presenting SENTINELplus Enteral Feeding Pump which is an enhanced version of the company’s popular SENTINEL feeding pump. It delivers the same simplicity and reliability as its predecessor in a lighter and smaller package. Its bright LED display allows caregivers to simultaneously and conveniently view the infusion rate and volume delivered from a distance. Additionally, the pump retains the operating history until manually erased, even in the event of power failures or when it is turned off. ALCOR is highlighting its SEDiTROL Quality Controls which are bi-level, human-based, whole-blood external controls used to monitor the performance of the iSED, iSED ELITE, and miniiSED ESR analyzers and testing techniques. SEDiTROL controls are derived from human blood to mimic a patient sample and are processed in the same manner as a patient sample. For efficiency and convenience, the controls are stored at room temperature and can be placed directly into the analyzer.

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