Hemathix Blood Analyzer

Hemathix Blood Analyzer SCV-200

Hemathix Blood Analyzer SCV-200 is a computerized scanning capillary viscometer that measures both the thickness and stickiness of blood — the only blood viscometer able to provide a comprehensive viscosity profile from a blood sample in less than 4 min.

Why Test Blood Viscosity?

Viscosity is a basic, often overlooked biomarker for circulatory health. Blood viscosity is a direct measure of the ability of the blood to flow and is easily modifiable using existing therapies.

Viscosity determines:

  1. How much oxygen is delivered to organs and tissues
  2. How hard the heart has to work to pump blood
  3. How much friction the blood causes against the vessels

Intended Use

The Hemathix Blood Analyzer is a calibrated glass capillary system used to monitor changes in the amount of solids present in blood plasma in various disorders.

The Hemathix Blood Analyzer is available to clinical laboratories and researchers based in the U.S.

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How the Hemathix Works

Test requirements: 3 mL of blood in lavender tube (EDTA), ambient stability 8 hours, refrigerated stability 4 days, frozen specimens unacceptable.

  • Assay utilizes time-of-flow in calibrated tubes
  • Calibrated glass capillary ensures precision
  • Flow in U-shaped disposable is gravity-driven
  • Both systolic and diastolic viscosity measured
  • Equilibration of fluid height produces comprehensive measure of viscosity for maximum utility
  • Single-use capillary disposable tube designed to prevent contact with blood specimen

Hypervisosity Syndromes

Hyperviscosity syndromes are a well-established class of conditions that can arise in a variety of disease states, including among others polycythemia vera, dysproteinemias, multiple myeloma, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and sepsis.

Hyperviscosity includes syndromes of serum hyperviscosity where patients may hemorrhage or experience neurologic or ocular disorders; syndromes of polycythemic hyperviscosity that result in reduced blood flow or capillary perfusion and increased organ congestion; and, syndromes of hyperviscosity caused by reduced deformability of red blood cells as in sickle cell anemia.

Kwaan HC, Bongu A. The hyperviscosity syndromes. Semin Thromb Hemost 1999; 25:199-208.