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HELIOS®*
FULLY AUTOMATED IFA PROCESSING + READING


FULLY-AUTOMATED PROCESSOR Revolutionizing IFA
  • WALKAWAY IFA SYSTEM
  • NO USER INTERVENTION FOR SLIDE TRANSFER
  • HIGHER THROUGHPUT THAN MANUAL
  • STANDARDIZATION OF IFA PROCESSING REGARDLESS OF OPERATOR
  • FULL TRACEABILITY

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Hardware

HARDWARE

HELIOS is a revolutionary platform capable of automatically performing all immunofluorescence pipetting and reading steps . It is the first and only system that performs this process continuously from start to finish. The HELIOS fully addresses and overcomes the known limitations of IFA, enabling the user to adopt it as the Autoimmunity reference screening method. Load your samples and reagents, collect your images. It is as simple as that.

 

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  • Image Capture

    The built-in camera performs high tech autofocus algorithms so that clear pictures from the wells are stored according to user specified positions.

  • Sample Barcode Reader

    The sample barcode reader ensures sample traceability and eliminates time and error spent entering long patient ID numbers.

  • Slide Barcode Reader

    Slide barcode reader ensures slide traceability. The AESKUSLIDES IFA reagents are barcoded with all necessary information (reference, lot, etc.) including a unique serial number. This feature offers complete traceability for the whole process ensuring compliance with laboratory accreditation.

  • IFA Processing

    Based on the HELMED platform, the HELIOS processor is capable of performing all IFA process steps automatically. It includes a feature for dispensing of mounting medium enabling complete processing prior to doctors evaluation of result.
     

  • Built-In LED microscope

    The integrated microscope (incorporating Nikon-based optics) is complemented by the AESKU engineered motor ensuring both accuracy and speed.

Software

 

pas1 MODULE 1: IFA PROCESSING & IMAGE CAPTURING
The automated "walkaway" mode combines all the benefits of modules 2 and 3 in a single module.

pas2 MODULE 2: IFA PROCESSING
The HELIOS uses the HELMED IFA v3.0 Software which is a well-established and robust software used by many HELMED users worldwide.
Communication is based on ASTM/HL7 standards and electronic worklists allow users to get started in just a few clicks.
The module is reconfigurable thus allowing programming of standard IFA test kits regardless of the manufacturer.

pas3 MODULE 3: IMAGE CAPTURING
This module works automatically. It can be used independently from other modules, or can start after slide processing is complete.
The user can define the desired numbers of images and areas per well (between 1 and 10) so different areas of each well can be viewed later.
A classification suggestion (+ or -) is performed for each image. This is based on criteria defined in the initial set-up procedure of the instrument under supervision of the head of the laboratory and with the assistance of AESKU.

pas4 MODULE 4: RESULT CONFIRMATION
All information (patient ID, lot numbers etc.) including images are presented in this interface.
After evaluation of results by the doctor a pattern and a follow-up decision can be assigned, ensuring secure management of results.

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How it works

 

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  • Start your worklist electronically. Sample barcode reader provides your sample ID, whilst connectivity ensures the right tests and dilutions are selected for each sample ID.
  • Load the samples and reagents, press start, walkaway and collect your images. HELIOS is the only system that can process and automatically start reading without the necessity to transfer the slides to a separate reader.
  • The above preparation for the run takes less than 10 minutes of your time.
  • No need to manually add mounting medium (the system automatically dispenses the right amount for you.
  • No need to place coverslips, the system is designed to read without coverslips.
    If you would like to keep the slides for archiving or for manual reevaluation you can add a coverslip and view them under a regular microscope.
    (Unlike other automated microscopes, HELIOS and AESKUSLIDES use standard conjugates enabling you to view the slides under a regular microscope).
  • HELIOS presents the following data after the run:
    sample data, substrate, dilution etc., images taken automatically, classification suggestion (+ / -) per image so that you can decide what to do with these samples.
    It also provides a section to define follow up steps and allow you to select other confirmatory tests or titrations that can be reported.

Benefits

 HELIOS provides a revolutionary immunofluorescence platform incorporating many benefits in a single machine, including:

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  • FULL TRACEABILITY
  • NO DARKROOM NEEDED
  • SLIDE PROCESSING AND READING
  • POWERFUL INTEGRATED RESULT DOCUMENTATION
  • DIGITAL RESULTS ARCHIVE
  • STANDARDIZATION OF IFA PROCEDURE
  • HOMOGENEOUS WORKING PROTOCOL
  • RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION
  • WALKAWAY PROCESSING
  • INCREASED THROUGHPUT
  • UP TO 720 WELLS PROCESSED IN NORMAL WORKING DAY
  • SIMPLE IMPLEMENTATION IN LAB ROUTINE
  • SPACE SAVING FOOTPRINT (70 CM)
  • WEIGHTS ONLY 33 KG

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HELIOS is currently not available in the USA (subject to FDA clearance)

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