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April 04, 2013

NorDX Acquires Sysmex XN-Series Automated Hematology Analyzers

The healthcare industry as a whole is shifting its methodology by implementing policies that increase awareness of early disease detection. In the past, they were meant to just treat the disease after it had manifested, but this approach is both expensive and detrimental to the patient.

Advancements in new medical diagnostics equipment and procedures have made it possible to detect conditions much earlier, and treat them with higher degree of success.

NorDx (Northern Diagnostic Laboratories) announced that it is going to be acquiring the Sysmex XN-Series Automated Hematology Analyzers. The laboratory is a member of MaineHealth, the largest reference laboratory in the state of Maine.

NorDx and MainHealth are the first laboratories in the country with the Sysmex XN-Series hematology analyzers. Sysmex is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, headquartered in Kobe, Japan. The company has been providing state-of-the-art clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems for more than 40 years.

Sysmex systems are recognized for innovative diagnostic science and the management information tools, which are crucial in clinical and operational results.

The diagnostic market has been growing at a brisk rate in light of new technological developments that have resulted in more accuracy and reliability over existing applications. The XN-Series improve the efficiency of hematology laboratory work by increasing turnaround times and testing normal and abnormal hematology samples, letting healthcare professionals treat patients before conditions start deteriorating.

"Our clinical laboratories will now be able to further improve differentiation of anemia types, better monitor bone marrow transplants, better aid in the diagnoses of leukemia and other diseases with immature cells in the circulating blood and help improve the diagnosis of possible bleeding disorders," said Stan Schofield, president of NorDx, and SVP of MaineHealth.

Established in 1976, NorDx is the first licensed independent clinical laboratory in Maine. It has since grown to a facility covering more than 30,000 square feet, with the latest laboratory diagnostics equipment in the world.

The acquisition of the XN-Series gives NorDx the ability to meet the demands of a laboratory this size, while addressing a shortage of medical technologists and a concurrent increase in workload.

The XN-Series is available in four different models to provide different levels of analysis for laboratories of any size. The XN-9000 for example is able to automate the management of more than 90 percent of applicable laboratories’ lavender top tubes. The Sysmex Lavender Top Management solution is capable of providing archiving, integrated tube sorting and online reagent reconstitution. The automation gives laboratories that are understaffed the ability to increase performance levels by doing away with the need for pre-and post-analytical sample sorting and management.

The Sysmex system increases quality and accuracy by improving workflow in a laboratory, with the most advanced technologies in hematology.

Edited by Braden Becker

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