Newton Medical Center’s high-tech laboratory has a matched pair of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Vitros 5600 chemistry analyzers now providing 96 tests with more rapid turnaround times and precision accuracy, a news release stated.


Newton Medical Center’s high-tech laboratory has a matched pair of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Vitros 5600 chemistry analyzers now providing 96 tests with more rapid turnaround times and precision accuracy, a news release stated. The laboratory began using the twin analyzers, called Alpha and Omega, in April.
In addition to routine chemistry tests (e.g., glucose, sodium, cholesterol), these analyzers perform immunochemistry tests (thyroid and vitamin B12 tests); esoteric tests (tumor markers, such as PSA and CEA, and cardiac markers, such as troponin); infectious disease tests (hepatitis); and hormone tests. Because about 45,000 test results are reported from these analyzers each month, they are considered the laboratory “workhorses,” a news release stated.
The Newton Community Association gifted a StatSpin Express 3 centrifuge as support equipment for the chemistry analyzers. This equipment reduces specimen processing from 10 minutes to three minutes, which allows critical results to become available more quickly for physician decision-making and treatment.
In addition to the analyzers, recent technological additions to the laboratory include fully automated blood-bank testing, enhanced coagulation testing, microbial identification and susceptibility testing and blood culture testing.
“The Newton Medical Center Clinical Laboratory continues to earn respect as a cutting-edge laboratory in Kansas,” a news release stated. “It provides accurate testing with an extensive test menu. Diagnostic and wellness evaluations are performed in a timely, cost-effective manner.”
Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information about Newton Medical Center, call 283-2700 or visit www.newtonmedicalcenter.com.