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Heska

“I have been very satisfied to have Heska as a partner in my two veterinary hospitals and plan to use their lab systems for many years to come. If you are considering adding an in-house lab or upgrading your existing equipment, consider Heska first.”

- Dr. Clyde E. Dunphy, Capitol Illini Veterinary Services

Element DC Chemistry Analyzer

Take the elements of in-house lab chemistry further with the NEW Element DC analyzer. Enhanced patient staging, faster result times and a touchscreen interface make this instrument an essential component to fast answers and accurate treatment decisions.
Watch a video about Element DC features.

EASY TO USE Element DC Chemistry Analyzer
  • Now with E-Wrap (watch a video)! Turn the convenience of our pre-surgical and comprehensive panels into a 1-step timesaver.

  • Electrolytes and More: Electrolytes on one slide, pre-packaged panels (including the Comprehensive Plus), and individual slide options let you configure the profiles you require.

  • Whole Blood Solution: Heska’s lithium heparin sample tubes save you a step. Go from syringe to centrifuge to analyzer with no pipetting required.

  • Sampling Flexibility: Choose the 1.5-ml heparinized sample tube, or pipette serum or plasma from your regular green-top or red-top tubes into a non-heparinized tube.

  • Additional testing at the touch of a button: Add a new slide to your patient’s panel even after the analysis has begun.

  • Stack and Run: Load up to 22 tests (20 slides) at one time without jamming, using the convenient stackable slide rack.


Solid Reproducibility

Solid reproducibility is the essential foundation required for analytical reliability. If a system has demonstrated reproducibility, is calibrated to a standard, and calibration is monitored by a quality control program, the user can be assured of accurate results. This eliminates or reduces the need for individual facilities to replicate accuracy studies.

Reproducibility is easily tested by repeated analysis of the same sample. Below are tables of reproducibility of 20 sequential replicate analyses using the comprehensive panel with electrolytes, and sera with abnormal values for a number of analytes. The Mean, in combination with the Minimum and Maximum values, is the best gauge for interpretation of reproducibility.

Element DC Performance Chart
  • These data represent excellent reproducibility. Note that concentration measurements are expected to be more precise than enzyme activity measurements.
  • Good reproducibility is expected to be tighter than the tolerance limits of a QC program.
  • With excellent reproducibility you can trust the Element DC analyzer to provide accurate results.

Excellent Correlation

The Element DC technology has been tested in comparison with the most commonly established chemical procedures on an automated Hitachi® system. This system and these procedures are used by most professional veterinary laboratories and teaching hospitals.

Data presented here include combined analyses of plasma and sera from dogs and cats for analytes having a range of available abnormal samples for testing. These show excellent correlation for a population of animals measured on two different technologies.

Element DC Correlation Chart

Dry Chemistry

There are two types of biochemistry testing systems for clinical testing: those utilizing liquid reagents and those that test based on dry reagents, which are easier to handle. Dry chemistry has been an accepted technology in medical laboratories for many years and numerous clinical evaluations have validated this technology against conventional wet chemistry analysis. Heska’s Element DC chemistry analyzer is powered by Fujifilm technology and leverages more than 75 years of dry chemistry research and development. The state-of-the-art sample surface detection feature monitors air pressure changes and detects inadequate sample volume before the slide is wasted. Along with coated tips which prevent sample wicking and provide accurate delivery, the Element DC analyzer brings advanced solutions to in-hospital chemistry testing.

No Interference from Lipemic Samples
Lipemia, hemolysis and icterus (hyperbilirubinemia) are common interferents in all clinical chemistry systems as shown below. Lipemia is the most common problem on liquid chemistry systems, because the turbidity associated with lipemia scatters light in the measurement of absorption by the reactant fluid.

Together, Heska and FUJIFILM are leading the way with technological advances that successfully eliminate lipemia as an interferent, while reducing the number of tests affected by icterus to a single parameter, and significantly decreasing the parameters impacted by hemolytic samples.

This is accomplished because the Element DC analyzer uses reflectance (rather than absorbance) technology to measure the color reaction. This, along with the slide sample spreading layer, reduces the effect of light scatter on the sample. In addition, electrolytes which are measured by potentiometry are not affected by interfering substances at all.

External View of Slide and Multi-layer Analysis Film

Flexible Slide Configuration

With the Element DC Analyzer, configure profiles that you require without wasting tests that you don’t want. Add electrolytes and lipase to any sample run. Run a panel, run an individual slide, or combine panels and individual slides to create virtually unlimited options specific to your patients’ needs. And with weighted slide stabilization, you can be sure your slides are transferred into the incubator seamlessly with no jamming.

Element DC Analyzer Slide Configurations

Automated Dilution

Automated Dilution ExampleNot all patient chemistry parameters fall within the measurable range of an analyzer. When an absolute value is critical to a diagnosis, treatment plan, or prognosis, the auto-dilution feature on the Element DC analyzer gives you the information you need.

In cases where patient results are above the analyzers’ measurable limits you can quickly obtain a result by performing a dilution in a few simple steps:
  1. Add your slides and sample tube.
  2. Place a dilution cup and diluent (distilled water) into the analyzer.
  3. Add your tips.
  4. Select your dilution factor.
The sample rerun feature on the Element DC analyzer eliminates data re-entry; your previous patient number, sample ID and reference interval are recalled with the touch of a button.

No manual pipetting or re-calculation required; the auto-dilution feature on the Element DC analyzer does it all — minimizing the chance of error. These fully automated steps ensure dilution results are reliable and allow you to focus entirely on your patients.

TEST MENU

INDIVIDUAL SLIDES

BUN, CREA, ALP, ALT, PHOS, GGT, TBIL, AST, GLU, TP, ALB, Ca, Mg, NH3, TRIG, LIP, AMY, CK, URIC, CHOL, TCO2 (for DRI-CHEM 7000 and Element DC only), LDH, Electrolytes (Na+, K+, Cl-)

PANELS

Pre-surgical Panel
(ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP)

Kidney Panel
(ALB, BUN, CREA, Ca, PHOS, TP)

Liver Panel
(ALB, ALP, ALT, GGT, GLU, TBIL)

Equine Panel
(ALB, AST, BUN, CREA, Ca, CK, GGT, GLU, LDH, PHOS, TBIL, TP)

Comprehensive Panel
(ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP, TBIL, ALB, PHOS, Ca, CHOL, GGT)

Comprehensive Plus Panel
(ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP, TBIL, ALB, PHOS, Ca, CHOL, GGT, LIP, AMY, Mg, TRIG, AST, Na+, K+, Cl-)

CALCULATED VALUES

Globulin, Na+/K+ Ratio, Albumin/Globulin Ratio, Corrected Calcium, Estimated Osmolality, BUN/Creatinine Ratio

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications Description
Throughput 128 tests per hour (simultaneous CM and ISE tests)
Incubation Temperature 98.6° F (37° C) (CM); 86° F (30° C) (ISE)
Incubation Time 1 to 6 minutes
Number of Incubator Cells CM 12, ISE 1
Individual Tests Available 25 total tests including ALT, ALP, GGT, TBIL, AST, BUN, CREA, PHOS, GLU, TP, ALB, Ca, CHOL, Mg, AMY, LDH, LIP, TCO2, TRIG, CK, URIC, NH3, Na+, K+, Cl (electrolytes on one slide)
Pre-Packaged Panels Available Comprehensive, Comprehensive Plus, Pre-Surgical/Wellness, Liver, Kidney or Equine
Slide Capacity 20 slides simultaneously per cartridge
Pipetting Fluid Volume Below 50μL (automatic switching)
Dilution Automatic dilution (dilution factor: max. 10)
Measurement Precision 0.0004 OD/5 minutes
Measurement Accuracy ± 0.005 OD (600 nm)
Display 5.7 in. color touch panel
Measurement Wavelengths 400 nm, 415 nm, 505 nm, 540 nm, 577 nm, 600 nm, 625 nm, 650 nm
Light Source Halogen lamp (6V, 10W)
Operating Temperature 59 to 89° F (15 to 32° C)
Operating Humidity 30 to 80% RH (no vapor condensation)
Electrical Requirements Voltage Limit: 100–240V, Frequency: 50–60 Hz
Data Transfer RS232C interface (1 port), LAN (1 port), USB interface (1 port bar code reader only)
External Dimensions (H x W x D) 16.5 x 18.5 x 14.2 in.
Weight 53 lbs.