Stago has launched a compact platelet aggregation system for the faster exploration and evaluation of platelet function in citrated platelet-rich plasma. The eight- and four-channel instruments, the TA-8V and TA-4V, bring specialist testing for potential platelet disorders closer to the patient. This helps to speed the diagnostic pathway while saving laboratory time and costs.
The TA series of instruments incorporates infrared light transmission aggregometry (LTA) to reduce optical interferences. This technology is considered the gold standard for testing platelet function, providing the clinician with diagnostically important information when evaluating the patient for potential platelet disorders.
Alex Stephenson-Brown, Stago’s product manager for reagents and scientific affairs, said: “It is critical for the patient’s wellbeing that platelet function disorders, especially those associated with life-threatening bleeding, are diagnosed as quickly as possible. However, these are often rarely seen disorders and most laboratories have had to use a specialist centre to carry out this type of blood platelet quantification, which can often delay diagnosis and the start of any treatment. Stago’s new aggregators bring the majority of specialist platelet function testing within the scope of the core laboratory, saving both time and costs.”
Semi-automated, reliable and ergonomically designed for benchtop use, the analysers incorporate their own inbuilt computer, keeping workspace requirements to a minimum. The new instruments enable users to quantify blood platelet aggregation quickly and accurately under various different concentrations of agonists. In addition, with the eight-channel TA-8V, the laboratories entire platelet function requirements can be handle in-house, further speeding workflow.