Industry News: Beckman Coulter Diagnostics Features Iris Automated Urinalysis Solutions at ECCMID 2016

Digital flow morphology delivers workflow improvements, reducing the need for manual microscope review

11 Apr 2016

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics is showcasing its Iris urinalysis automated solutions with digital flow morphology technology at the 2016 European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (9-12 April).  Learn more at booth #52. 

The Iris iRICELL, with digital flow morphology technology, is designed specifically for urine microscopy and the evaluation and recognition of particles.  It improves workflow by enabling the lab to deliver consistently fast and accurate results with minimal need for manual review and repeat testing. 

Alice Airaud, Beckman Coulter’s senior marketing manager – Diagnostics strategic products, explained: “Many of our customers rely on the system to screen for urine tract infections (UTIs) as it enables them to increase their efficiency by reducing unnecessary urine cultures. While it depends on an individual laboratory’s threshold, customers find that automating this process delivers a negative predictive value higher than 95-97%.” 

The patented flow-imaging microscopy uses a digital camera to individually capture images of each particle in a sample. The particles are automatically classified by the Auto-Particle Recognition (APR) software for quick, on-screen verification. 

The Iris iRICELL work cell integrates urine chemistry and microscopy into a fully automated walk-away, urinalysis solution that is easy to use and maintain. This increases both efficiency and productivity, enabling scientists to manage a variety of tasks at the same time. The integrated work cell combines the iQ200 Series automated microscopy system with the iChemVELOCITY automated urine chemistry system. 

The iQ200 Series delivers clear, clinically relevant urine particle images that are auto classified for more objective and consistent results. This automated microscopy system is designed for all volume workloads, delivering a shorter turnaround time and standardizing results. The iQ200 Series are available either as a stand-alone system or connected to an iChemVELOCITY urine chemistry analyzer to form an automated iRICELL work cell.   

The iQ200SPRINT is one of the fastest automated systems on the market, meeting high volume productivity and workload requirements.  It can handle 101 microscopic samples an hour. The IQ200ELITE manages medium- to high-volume workload running 70 microscopic samples an hour; with the iQ200SELECT more suitable for low-volume workloads running 40 microscopic samples an hour. 

iChemVELOCITY provides a fully automated, high-capacity urine chemistry analysis with excellent low-end sensitivity. The system delivers a high throughput of 210 samples an hour, with the continuous strip loading and a capacity of 300 strip loads. It has a pad on the strip designed to detect and measure the presence of ascorbic acid. This provides clinically significant information about potential interference with key chemistry assays. The system evaluates all standard urine chemistry parameters, including glucose, protein, bilirubin, urobilinogen, pH, specific gravity, blood, ketones, nitrite and leukocyte esterase.  

Laboratories of all sizes benefit from automating urinalysis in this way with a specific solution tailored to the laboratory’s workload.  


By automating the delivery of accurate results with less subjective, manual analysis, the Iris iRICELL fully automated urinalysis system:

  • Increases overall workflow efficiency 
  • Minimizes manual review and repeat testing
  • Reduces unnecessary urine cultures 
  • Frees up staff resources 
  • Increases clinical confidence
  • Lowers lab costs 
  • Improves quality with standardization
  • Provides complete sample status through multiple parameters 


Exclusively from Iris, the Iris iQ200 Body Fluids Module provides automated red blood cell count and nucleated cell count in cerebrospinal fluids, serous fluids and synovial fluids. Body fluid particles are also processed by digital flow morphology, enabling this fully automated digital imaging solution to provide accurate results without compromising performance.