Abbott Laboratories recently announced
the launch of AxSYM Plus, an enhanced version of its AxSYM automated immunoassay
instrument system. Among the new features included in the system are advanced
computer software for automatic troubleshooting, improved ergonomics, and a
pressure monitoring system for determining the integrity of patient samples.
"AxSYM Plus represents our commitment to continue investing
in this exceptional technology, which has had a significant impact on our
customers and their ability to more efficiently manage their laboratory
operations," said Thomas D. Brown, senior vice president, diagnostic
operations, Abbott Laboratories.
The system combines a broad menu of tests with continuous
access, random access, and stat testing capabilities. Key features of the
instrument include a menu of more than 75 assays for various diseases and
medical conditions including hepatitis, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),
cancer, thyroid conditions, anemia, and pregnancy; full disease state panels;
and multiple technologies (including microparticle enzyme immunoassay and
fluorescence polarization immunoassay) for optimal test results.
In addition, AxSYM Plus offers continuous and random access
testing capability for maximum operating efficiency with various workloads in
the laboratory, stat testing capability with results available in as little as
11 minutes, throughput of up to 120 tests per hour, positive identification of
bar code samples, touch-screen computer monitor, and the ability to track
inventory and waste levels automatically.