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In vitro diagnostic (IVD) refers to medical procedures performed on biological samples.
In vitro diagnostics is mainly used in hospitals and laboratories. It is performed on biological samples of patients or healthy people to prevent the onset of possible conditions or check already existing ones.
They can concern tissue, blood, urine, or mucus that need to be tested for medical/clinical purposes – such as assessing a particular disease or measuring the levels of a specific substance.
There are two main types of IVD: laboratory-based tests and point-of-care tests.
Some laboratory-based procedures are:
• blood or urine analysis (clinical biochemistry)
• genetic testing
Examples of point-of-care tests are instead:
• pregnancy tests
• Covid-19 tests
• Blood glucose self-monitoring systems
How is it performed? In vitro diagnostics (IVD) include reagents, instruments, and software. Several types of IVD devices use diverse approaches such as immunodiagnostics, tissue diagnostics, hematological, and molecular diagnostics.
In these devices, the use of pumps, systems, and components is required to guarantee the delivery of accurate tests and fluid measurements.
Generally, pumps used for in vitro diagnostics purposes are endowed with positive displacement technology.
The extreme accuracy of this type of equipment also proves to offer several advantages for hospitals and labs performing medical tests, such as their compatibility with:
• low flow and pulsation uses
• different types of reagents
• large fluid volume transfers
The most common tasks performed by pumps in IVD workflow are cleaning processes, reagent dosing, and removal of analysis liquid.
These are the main types of in vitro diagnostics pumps with positive displacement technology that find widespread use in this application field:
• gear pumps, both with internal or external gears, which guarantee a self-priming design, constant flow rates, and long-lasting performance
• peristaltic pumps, which effectively offer the separation of the liquid from the system thanks to their tube
• metering pumps, which are adjustable and ensure quiet operation, pulseless flows, and constant delivery even with high pressures
You can find all these IVD pumps in Fluid-o-Tech’s catalog.
As we have mentioned earlier, IVD pumps find widespread use in hospitals, labs, clinics, and other medical related facilities.
Let’s delve a bit more into all the sectors and applications of concern:
• analyses for immunology, microbiology, and clinical chemistry purposes
• the cleaning of components such as needles, probes, and pipes
• waste management of residues and bodily fluids
• the transfer or removal of waste and bulk fluids
• sample collection and testing
• reagent dosing, metering, and measurement
When it comes to supplying the health tech industry, Fluid-o-Tech is a leader. We’ve been operating in this field for a very long time, which makes us able to understand the needs of this domain and respond with tailor-made and customized solutions for our customers.
Our in vitro diagnostic pumps are manufactured through high-quality and accurate processes and aim to meet each and every application need you might have. In our catalog, in fact, you will find gear pumps, peristaltic pumps, and metering pumps that are perfect for this purpose.
In addition to this, we can help you customize an IVD pump with specific technical and mechanical features, thanks to the expertise of our engineering team and the state-of-the-art technologies we use.