Boston Children’s Hospital, a 425-bed hospital in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts, has successfully completed a clinical laboratory evaluation of Medica’s EasyCell assistant cell image analyser for haematology laboratories in its Core Lab.

The EasyCell assistant analyser automates and simplifies the cell differential process by locating and pre-classifying white blood cells.

The EasyCell assistant haematology system uses image-processing and pattern-recognition technologies and presents the results of the smear tests on an LCD display for review by a technologist.

It typically reduces sample review times by 50% over the manual differentiation process, using microscopes while helping the technologist achieve improved efficiency, accuracy and precision.

The analyser also presents images of red cells and platelets, enabling red cell morphology and platelet estimates.

"The EasyCell assistant analyser automates and simplifies the cell differential process."

The evaluation of the EasyCell assistant was led by Kyle Riding, a laboratory science lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a medical technologist at Boston Children’s Core Lab.

The evaluation, conducted at the Core Lab without making any changes in existing methods for slide preparation and staining, has confirmed the instrument’s efficacy in the haematology laboratory environment.

Riding said the EasyCell assistant’s precise cell pre-classification enhanced hospital technologists’ confidence in their analyses.

"In addition, the instrument was highly reliable, easy to learn and maintain, and fit well in the laboratory’s workflow," Riding added.

"You are able to get results faster and in a more consistent manner, which should result in better and faster patient diagnoses. We believe that this type of technology represents the future of the hematology laboratory."

Image: EasyCell assistant analyser. Photo courtesy of Medica Corporation.