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1. (US5122284) Apparatus and method for optically analyzing biological fluids

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 07678824 Application Date: 01.04.1991
Publication Number: 5122284 Publication Date: 16.06.1992
Grant Number: 5122284 Grant Date: 16.06.1992
Publication Kind : A
IPC:
G01N 21/07
G01N 33/483
G01N 33/49
G01N 35/00
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
N
INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
21
Investigating or analysing materials by the use of optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible, or ultra-violet light
01
Arrangements or apparatus for facilitating the optical investigation
03
Cuvette constructions
07
Centrifugal type cuvettes
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
N
INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
33
Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups G01N1/-G01N31/131
48
Biological material, e.g. blood, urine; Haemocytometers
483
Physical analysis of biological material
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
N
INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
33
Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups G01N1/-G01N31/131
48
Biological material, e.g. blood, urine; Haemocytometers
483
Physical analysis of biological material
487
of liquid biological material
49
blood
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
N
INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
35
Automatic analysis not limited to methods or materials provided for in any single one of groups G01N1/-G01N33/148; Handling materials therefor
Applicants: Abaxis, Inc.
Inventors: Braynin Boris
Burd Tammy L.
Ostoich Vladimir
Agents: Townsend and Townsend
Priority Data: 07532524 04.06.1990 US
Title: (EN) Apparatus and method for optically analyzing biological fluids
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

A centrifugal rotor comprising a plurality of peripheral cuvettes and a collection chamber spaced radially inward from the cuvettes is disclosed. The rotor includes a means for introducing fluid into the collection chamber and plurality of generally radial inlet channels connecting each cuvette to the chamber. Each inlet channel has a discrete flow path for fluid to enter the cuvette and another discrete flow path for gas to exit the cuvette as the cuvette is filled. Positioned radially inward from each cuvette is a reflective surface capable of deflecting a light beam from a generally vertical direction to a generally horizontal direction or vice versa. As the rotor is spun, fluid enters the cuvettes from collection chamber through the inlet channels, which also allow gas in the cuvettes to escape, thus avoiding the creation of bubbles in the cuvette after the cuvettes are filled. The contents are then optically analyzed by passing a light beam horizontally through the cuvette.


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