The rising prevalence of infectious diseases and a growing geriatric population with increased susceptibility are major drivers for the ever-growing number of patient samples to be assessed by clinical microbiology laboratories. At the same time healthcare professionals face increasing cost pressures and dwindling workforces. This conflict can be resolved by streamlined workflow automation and digitization.
One area with high potential for automation is light microscopy, particularly the reading of Gram stains. Here is also, where the implementation of automated slide scanning and sample digitization is highly beneficial, both from a quality-control perspective as well as given the necessity for higher cost-efficiency in hospital and laboratory settings.
MetaSystems products are used in many countries worldwide. Depending on the regulations of the respective country or region, some products may not be used for clinical diagnostic use. In Europe MetaSystems products are CE labelled in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) devices. In the USA all MetaSystems products except the Ikaros karyotyping systems are intended to be used for research or inspection only.