IDEXX’s latest investment in the Hamilton laboratory is the purchase of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). This new state-of-the-art technology uses high-temperature argon plasma (twice the temperature of the sun) to excite the elements, which are then measured by the mass spectrometer.
IDEXX’s latest investment in the Hamilton laboratory is the purchase of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). This new state-of-the-art technology uses high-temperature argon plasma (twice the temperature of the sun) to excite the elements, which are then measured by the mass spectrometer. Its’ analytical process means the instrument delivers excellent sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, multi-element detection and perhaps most importantly, cutting edge precision and accuracy. The testing methodology also reduces the likelihood of contamination problems like memory effects, deposition, or clogging.
The IDEXX team, led by Regional Laboratory Manager, Colin Malcolm, are thrilled with the new machine. “There is a lot of excitement. From the delivery of the instrument to setting it up and then completing validation, we’re all buzzing. Having local support from the manufacturer here in Hamilton will also be a boost. It means our team has had one on one training and we know we’ve got support just up the road if we need it”.
The team are so inspired by what this investment means for the IDEXX trace element offering, that they have nicknamed the instrument ‘Optimus Lime’ due to its green colouration and because it is ‘transforming’ our trace element testing. In fact ‘Optimus Lime’ is so transformational that it has sparked an evolution of the IDEXX solution. “Whilst it’s exciting for our scientists to be able to work with the latest and greatest, what we are truly energized by, are the changes to our test offering afforded to us by this new technology.”
We will be adding tremendous value to our customers (veterinarians) and their clients (farmers) by introducing a whole new way to manage trace element testing. We’ve designed the new test offering to assist vets in providing the best possible service to farmers, and the profiles and flexibility we will be delivering from February 1st, 2021 are sure to have a tremendous impact for all. Plus, the changes are the result of extensive consultation with practising veterinarians and our pathologist group. So keep an eye out for more information about our new Trace Elements profiles coming soon.