Siemens introduces MicroScan WalkAway plus automated diagnostic systems
16 January 2008
Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics has introduced
the MicroScan WalkAway plus Systems for mid- and high-volume clinical
diagnostic microbiology laboratories.
The company says the systems are the
only instruments in the market that offer simultaneous automation of
overnight, rapid and specialty panels that test for both gram negative and
gram positive bacteria.
The WalkAway plus systems also offer advanced automation features that
improve laboratory productivity by decreasing system maintenance activity.
The two new instrument models — a 40-panel capacity model for medium-volume
laboratories and a 96-panel capacity model for high-volume laboratories —
will replace the current WalkAway SI 40 and 96 Systems.
committed to addressing the challenges of today's clinical laboratory," said
Jim Reid-Anderson, president and CEO, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics.
"This new innovation for the microbiology laboratory allows customers to
improve laboratory workflow and productivity while helping them to continue
advancing the quality of patient care in their facilities."
MicroScan technology was introduced as the first advanced technology based
on the sound microbiology principles of true minimum inhibitory
concentration (MIC) testing. This principle remains the most sensitive
method to determine bacteria's susceptibility to antibiotics. The new
WalkAway plus Systems combine proven MIC technology with new automated
features, including automated maintenance and dial-up system diagnostics
Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics has nearly 60 MicroScan
panels of tests, with up-to-date antibiotics including overnight, rapid and
specialty panels. The Company was the first to offer an automated
identification and susceptibility testing system cleared for improved
detection of the emerging resistant bacterium Vancomycin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA).