Product News: HORIBA Medical Launches Compact Multifunctional Hematology Analyzer

24 Feb 2014

HORIBA UK Ltd, Medical Division, has launched the new Pentra XLR compact 5 part DIFF hematology analyzer incorporating full reticulocyte parameters to facilitate the investigation and diagnosis of hemopoiesis and anemia. As the latest addition to the Pentra family, the XLR brings HORIBA’s gold standard reticulocyte technology with STAT capabilities to a smaller platform. This makes it ideal for space-restricted laboratories or those with a smaller workload that do not want to compromise on quality.

The new, reliable, easy-to-use analyzer with integrated PC eliminates manual methods to enhance laboratory productivity and ensure standardization of the reticulocyte count. Furthermore, the Pentra XLR’s large capacity auto-loader and ability to process 80 samples per hour, combined with auto rerun, Customized Dilution Ratio (CDR) and automatic validation, all enable a hands-off approach. This means users can dedicate their valuable time to results analysis and more specialized investigations.

Flexible design

Providing a high degree of flexibility, the new Pentra XLR has a microsampling system requiring only 53µl of blood for FBC and 35µl for full reticulocyte analysis making it ideal for paediatric or other small samples. The reticulocyte channel utilizes Thiazole Orange technology, providing a full maturity profile in addition to a highly accurate reticulocyte count. It is also compatible with ABX Pentra ML data management, facilitating simple integration into existing systems.

Three quality control levels

The new Pentra XLR is built on the same proven reticulocyte technology as HORIBA’s higher throughput Pentra analyzers, ensuring quality and full compatibility of results and reagents. With three quality control levels for all parameters, this robust and reliable platform also provides complete data traceability on-board and integrated validation to ensure total peace of mind for the user.

High quality detailed analysis

“The Pentra XLR enhances laboratory productivity, flexibility and quality, adding value to any hematology laboratory,” said Cleve Wright, HORIBA UK. “By incorporating full reticulocyte analytical capabilities, the Pentra XLR delivers high quality detailed analysis for highly accurate patient diagnosis on a compact platform.”