Urine as a “liquid biopsy” of the kidneys provides information about an individual’s health. The kidneys are the only organs that can be evaluated by a non-invasive means. Furthermore, because urine is an ultrafiltrate of plasma, it can be used to assess and control body homeostasis and many metabolic disease processes.
Because this type of sample is so easy to obtain, laboratories are forced to carry out large amounts of urine analysis, which is why automatic analyzers have become essential allies for both physicochemical and morphological analysis. Urine and microscopy can accurately rule out urinary infection. Automated urinalysis is a practical and faster screening test that avoids unnecessary cultures for most patients.
What is a hybrid analyzer?
It is a urine analyzer with capacity for both physical and chemical analysis (turbidity, color, density and up to 12 chemical parameters) and morphological analysis (up to 12 different types of shaped elements). For this it combines several technologies.
Ultimately, the automation of routine urinalysis:
- Contributes to the rationalization of the technician’s workload
- Increases productivity and improves technical competence
- The technician becomes an expert: automatically verifies, controls and confirms the results
- Allows LEAN management to be applied within the urine laboratory
- Reduces the risks of errors and infections for laboratory personnel.
- Contributes to greater reliability of the results.