Chrono-log Corporation, USA


Whole blood & Optical Aggregometer, easy to use with rapid results, provision for whole blood and optical aggregation studies, facility to use disposable or reusable impedance electrodes, with the facility to upgrade the two channel into a four channel version.

Whole blood/Optical Aggregometer, easy to use with rapid results, provision for whole blood and optical aggregation studies, facility to use disposable or reusable impedance electrodes, with the facility to upgrade the two channel into a four channel version.


Optical method:

The Born-type aggregometer or optical aggregometer is a fixed wavelength spectrophotometer with a sample chamber (or chambers) heated to 37C. Provision is made for stirring of the sample because platelet to platelet contact is necessary to the determination of in vitro platelet aggregation. A beam of infra red light shines through two cuvettes, one containing PRP (the sample) and one containing PPP (the reference). The difference in light transmission outputs from the photodiodes is transferred to recording devices. The optical aggregation output is proportional to the continuously measured difference in light transmission between the test and reference samples. When a stimulus is added to the cuvette containing PRP and the platelets
respond, changes in light transmission occur and are recorded over time.

PRP, which is a turbid, is stirred in a test cuvette maintained at 37C. The light transmittance through this turbid sample is measured relative to the PPP blank. When the agonist is added, the platelets will form increasingly larger aggregates and the PRP will begin to clear, allowing more light to pass through. This increase in light transmittance is directly proportional to the amount of aggregation and is amplified and recorded as a signal on chart paper or digitized into a computer using software.

Impedance method:

The impedance (or electrical resistance) method of aggregation is non-optical. An electrode probe assembly is inserted into a cuvette containing a whole blood test sample. The electrode probe assembly consists basically of two precious metal wires that are immersed in the sample. An AC voltage in the millivolt range is applied to the probe circuit. The instrument measures the electrical resistance or impedance between the two immersed wires. During a brief period of equilibration, a monolayer of platelets forms on the exposed portions of the wires, resulting in a stable impedance value. An aggregating agent is added to the cuvette and the stimulated platelets aggregate to the platelet monolayer on the immersed wires. This accumulation of platelets adds electrical resistance to the circuit which is measured and quantified in ohms (the measurement of electrical resistance). The change in impedance is displayed as a function of time on a strip chart recorder or on a computer with the Chrono-log AGGRO/LINK 8 software.


Relative merits of impedance method over the conventional optical method.

CHRONO-LOG® 700 versions allow the study of platelet function in whole blood in the presence of other cells before the decay of labile modulators. It calls for an only micro sample volume of the whole blood for the measurement of aggregation and secretion rendering the Chrono-log system particularly suited for routine diagnostic and research applications, equally well. The simultaneous measurement of platelet aggregation with dense granule secretion study simplifies and reduces the cost of the platelet function testing.

The patented whole blood method as opposed to the optical method provides certain inherent advantages including the following:

1. It is possible to scan rapidly for the platelet function prior to the surgery, which is not practical with the time consuming optical based method.

2. The whole blood systems eliminate the elaborate and time-consuming preparation of the platelet-rich plasma.

3. It is possible with the usage of whole blood machines to perform ex-vivo and bedside studies in view of the easy sample handling, with virtually no pretreatment of the sample involved.

4. The Whole Blood impedance technique does not suffer from the problems associated with centrifugation of blood to prepare PRP which results in the loss of giant or irregularly shaped platelets. The resultant effect is more closely representative of the in vivo platelet
environment, as the Whole Blood sample includes the RBCs and WBCs, known to interact with the platelets.

5. Impedance aggregometry in whole blood, according to the research papers, is a more adequate tool for detection of platelet hyperaggregability than the optical method. With the impedance method patients at risk for thromboembolic complications can be identified. This greater sensitivity results from performing tests in the presence of erythrocytes and the leucocytes.

6. There are studies indicating increased platelet aggregation in patients with stable coronary heart disease, to explain their tendency to a heart attack during exercise, but the effect is temporary, lasting around 10 minutes. Whole blood aggregation studies, which can be conducted in less than 10 minutes, has been proven to be extremely useful in this type of testing.

7. Whole blood aggregation with ristocetin is closer to in-vivo condition and a far superior method, for detecting vW disease. The CoFactor Assay is useful in obtaining the ACTIVITY level of the patient’s plasma.

8. WB permits analysis with, (i) thrombocytopaenic samples with platelets as low as 50,000 and 100,000 with ADP (ii) icteric, lipemic and hemolysed samples.

9. Impedance method based on WB offers several merits over optical method including: (i) the sample volume needed with whole blood is 6 ml as against 12 to 20 ml with optical method,

(ii) total test time with WB mode is 60 minutes as opposed to 125 minutes with optical mode,

(iii) WB permits platelet studies in a physiological milieu and in the presence of RBCs and WBCs, which is not possible in the case of optical mode, where artificial platelets are involved in the studies.

10. Whole blood aggregometer is very useful to

(i) Monitor administration of DDAVP by ristocetin-induced aggregation in whole blood

(ii) Measure GPIIb/IIIa receptor blockage

(iii) Identify patients at risk of thrombosis or bleeding

Basic merits of optical mode of aggregometry with 700-2/700-4 whole blood/optical aggregometers.

1. The system is based on the classic Born’s approximation method with extensive technical literature for reference.

2. The system is FDA cleared and suitable for platelet aggregation studies in PRP, gel-filtered or washed platelets with over-range detection to prevent operation, if baseline is not settable.

3. The system module is supplied with internal AGGRO/LINK interface software package for AGGRO/LINK for aggregation and vW cofactor for Ristocetin CoFactor testing as a complete system.

4. Allows tests to be performed with sample volume down to 250 µl with special spacers, reducing the blood draw from 20 to 30 mL to 8 to 10 mL, rendering it suitable for paediatric and geriatric samples equally well.

5. Very economical with cost per test reduced by almost 50% while using the high quality, optimised and concentrated Chrono-Par range of reagents and kit for Ristocetin CoFactor assay.

6. Improved reliability with enhanced performance with self-calibration of optical circuit offering a greater level of user convenience.

7. Provides easy operator guidance with independent display for temperature, stirrer speed, PRP/reference selection, calibration mode and warning messages for error-free operation.

8. The heater block is under electronic control and selectable between 35°C and 39°C in steps of 0.1°C for excellent temperature control and does not allow operation if exceeding ± 0.2°C from the set temperature.

9. The stirrer speed is adjustable between 400 and 1200 RPM in steps of 100 RPM and an accuracy of 0.01 %, with a stirrer, stopped position for easy adaptation to specific protocols and does not permit operation if the deviation is more than ± 10 RPM from selected speed.

10. Provides for planned expansion with a growing need while protecting investment, with the capability to expand the two channel system into a four channel aggregometer infield, with simple interconnecting cable.

11. The system is well suited for clinical applications including diagnostic studies, detection of von Willebrand disease, monitor the effect of antiplatelet therapy, detect heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and ideal for platelet research, pharmaceutical research and leukocyte
aggregation studies.


Test Channels: (2) or (4) Channels (Two, 2-Channel Modules,) with: Impedance Aggregation– aggregation in a 1mL sample. Automatic baseline set at 0% and 20 Ώ gain fixed at 50%.

Front Panel display and controls:

LCD Display – 24 characters x 2-line Liquid Crystal Display, one per channel displays: Displays temperature in degrees celsius, stirring in RPM’s, PPP/reference select, calibration mode and warning messages.

Power ON/OFF switch.

Set Baseline pushbutton(s) – Sets aggregation baseline to 0%. Adds 20 ohms (± 0.2 ohms) of resistance to set the impedance gain fixed at 50% of scale.

Select Switch – Select Temperature or Stirring Speed.

Set Switch – Set Gain, Temperature or Stirring Speed.

Mode Switch – Set Impedance or Optical mode

PPP Selector Switch – Set to 1, tests referred to Channel 1 PPP. Set to own channel (2,3,4) test referred to PPP for that channel.

Calibration switch – Key-activated calibration of optical circuits.

Heater Block –set between 35.0°C and 39.0°C in 0.1°C steps. Error detection prevents operation when outside + 0.2°C.

Stirrer – 400 to 1200 RPM in 100-RPM steps with “Stirrer Stopped” position. Error detection prevents operation if not within ± 10 RPM.

Sample volumes:

Whole Blood Aggregation – typically 500 µL whole blood plus 500 µL irrigation saline.

Optical Aggregation – typically 500 µL PRP; 250 µL with spacers.

General specifications (each module):

Power requirements – Switch selectable 115 or 230 VAC (± 10%), 50/60 Hz, 150 watts max.

Dimensions – 14” (36cm) wide, 8.5” (22 cm) high, 18”(46 cm) deep, Weight – 40 lbs (18 kg)

Incubation wells : Six (6) wells each channel @ 36.5°C ± 1.0°C when temperature set at 37°C.

Output options:

Computer interface – Digital Outputs – RS-232 and USB with AGGRO/LINK 8 software.


Comprehensive diagnostic capability with

Whole blood/ Optical Lumi Aggregometer:

To measure platelet function using impedance in whole blood, optical density in plasma, while simultaneously measuring ATP release by the luminescence method. Optical aggregation with turbidimetry feature permits platelet function testing for RiCoF and sticky Platelet Syndrome tests.

Platelet disorders shown below can be detected using whole blood/ optical aggregometry and or luminescence modes.

von Willebrand Disease, Extracorporeal circulation , Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia, Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia, Storage Pool Deficiency (SPD), Sticky Platelet Syndrome, Thrombopathia or Thrombocyopathy, Bernard-Soulier Syndrome (BSS), May-Heggelin Anomaly, Gray Platelet Syndrome, Defective early responses (primary defects), Secretion defects, Non steroidal, Anti-inflammatory drugs, Hyperaggregability, Deficiency of the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase, Deficiency of the enzyme thromboxane synthetase, Thrombocyopenia with absent raddi (TAR syndrome), Risk of thrombosis, Membrane receptor site defects etc.

Whole blood electrical impedance Aggregometer:

Detect specific platelet abnormalities, screen platelet defects, diagnose specific bleeding disorders, detect the use of antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin and plavix, monitor patients for anti-thrombotic treatment. Screen rapidly prior to surgery for platelet function, monitor therapeutic program, testing platelet function for clinical screening + , diagnostic studies, pharmaceutical research and platelet research ++ studies. Measure GPIIb/IIIa receptor blockage, identify patients at risk for thrombosis or bleeding.

+ Clinical– Detect Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia, Screen for aspirin-like a defect, Differentiate between hereditary and acquired platelet disorders; Monitor therapeutic dosage and patient compliance to inhibitory therapy.

++ Research– Study the effects of drugs on platelet aggregation, Study the effects of food substances on platelet function, Study platelet to membrane receptor site defects.

Aggregometer specifications

Two channel Platelet aggregometer with upgradability into four channel, and capable of measuring whole blood in impedance mode, and PRP by turbidimetry , the classic Born method and shall have FDA cleared. For 230V 50Hz operation.


Test channels:

Impedance aggregation – Aggregation in whole blood sample of 1ml using disposable or reusable electrodes with automatic baseline setting and gain.

Optical aggregation – Aggregation in PRP, gel filtered or washed platelets. Sample volume: 450µl PRP.

System shall have capability for upgradation for the luminescence mode for quantitative analysis of dense granule release with ATP release with either PRP or Whole blood.

Sample volume:

Whole blood ::500l or less

Optical ::250l PRP or less

Display and controls:

Should have clear LCD display, one per channel for display of : (a) Heater block temperature in°C (b) Stirring speed in RPM (c) Operating mode ( Optical or Impedance) (d) Warning messages.

Should have key-activated calibration of optical circuits.

Adjustable stirrer speed between 400 to 1200 RPM in 100-RPM steps with “stirrer stopped” position, and error detection to prevent operation, if not within  10 RPM.

PC and software:

(a) Data reduction system: Computer, appropriate to run system software with CD-Writer for convenient storage and retrieval of data , colour monitor and colour inkjet printer should be included. Software package (Windows XP, or the applicable one) should be included.

(b) Should include internal computer interface and software for measuring upto at least two (2) samples for simultaneous aggregation, for a total of two (2) tracings.

(c) Shall have provision for :

(i) Real time display of two channels of amplitude of aggregation.

(ii) Storage facility for reagent data for tracking test value, demography details, for later recall should be available.

(iii)Running with computation of slope log time and area under the curve.

(d) vW cofactor:

(i) On-screen guidance for operator for running the test and incorporate facility for calculation of percent of vW activity and reporting.

(ii) Should allow rerun or deletion of serial point with facility to store curves with lot number, best-fit standard curve and CD calculated for upto six points, should be available.

I. Optical:

1(a) What is the principle of measurement?

The 700-2/4 is based on classic Born’s method or Light Transmission Aggregometry.

(b) Is it optical aggregation by turbidimetry?

Yes, it is.

2. Does the system incorporate a stirring mechanism and if so, what is the range ?

Yes, and the stirrer mechanism has nine stir speeds between 400 and 1200 rpm in steps of 100 rpm.

3. What safety features are integral part of the system?

(i) Operation prevented, if temperature set is outside by ± 0.2°C, in heater block.

(ii) If stir speed accuracy is not within ± 10 rpm, prevents operation.

(iii) If optical over range is detected, operation is prevented.

4. What is the sample volume requirement?

The standard sample volume is 450 µl of PRP and with special spacers. The system can work with sample volume as low as 250 µl per test.

5. Can the system be upgraded?

Yes, the system is field upgradable from two channel into a four channel system.

6. What are the different types of samples that the system can handle ?

Suited for the test with PRP, gel-filtered or washed platelets.

7. Is it possible to run leucocyte aggregation studies?

Yes, the system is capable of running leucocyte aggregation studies.

8. Is the optical calibration automatic or manual?

The optical technique is with automatic calibration during the testing procedure.

9. What is the minimum count difference of platelets required?

Thanks to the sensitivity of the twin-well dual channel and a platelet count difference of only 75×10 9 /L between test and reference sample is needed.

10. Is the system FDA cleared?

Yes, the system is FDA cleared.

11. How many incubated wells are available with the device?

The system is equipped with six wells per channel at 36.5°C ± 1°C when the temperature is set at 37°C.

12. Is it possible to use reusable as well as disposable stir bars or only one type is available?

The system offers the convenience of using the disposable siliconised stir bar or reusable Teflon coated stir bars.

13. What is the type of optics employed?

The system uses dual-beam infrared light sources and photodiode detectors.

14. What is the minimum count difference of platelets recommended for reliable measurement?

The platelet count difference of 50×10 9 /L is needed for a full-scale deflection.

15. What is the type of calibration involved?

Laboratory personnel can check the calibration of the optical circuitry and perform an auto-calibration for reliable accurate calculation.

16. Can the system be provided with a chart recorder?

Yes, model 700-6 single or 700-7 dual pen chart recorder is available. However, may not be required, unless involving specific requirements.

17. Is the system complete in all respects and ready for installation?

Yes, the system is supplied complete with a starter kit consisting of basic agonists (reagents), consumables and appropriate liquid handling system with the instrument.

II. Whole blood:

1. What is the principle of measurement?
It is based on impedance method.
2. What is the approximate sample volume needed for measurement?
The sample volume needed is typically 500µl of whole blood + 500 µl of irrigation
3. What is the time taken for the result?
Results can be obtained in about six minute.
4. (a) Is the electrode used for impedance mode of measurement reusable?
Yes, the manufacturer offers one type of electrode that can be washed and reused.
(b) Does the system provide for using disposable electrodes ?
Yes, the disposable electrode is available for use in special application requirements.

(c) Can the system handle sample without cross-contamination?

Yes contamination can be avoided with the usage of disposable electrodes.

5. Is it necessary to have a recorder for the result tracing?

No, the system is equipped with standard on-board software and the final results are calculated and displayed and printed out when equipped with PC and printer.

6. Can the system handle haemolysed, icteric or lipemic samples?

Yes the impedance method based machine can handle above type of samples.

7. Does the machine have a facility for data reduction?

The system is complete with onboard software†† for data reduction including the facility to calculate maximum slope and amplitude, real-time graphics display, storage and recall test curves, the printing of clinical reports and export of data files for further analysis.

8. Is it possible to upgrade the two-channel and the four channel systems?

Yes, the two channel 700-2 system can be upgraded into a four channel system in the field. In the case of 700-4, four channel system it is not possible to upgrade the system.

9. Is the system open or closed to reagents?

System is open to other reagents but Chronolog reagents are optimised for easy adaptation, and sense of high concentration calls for lower reagent volume and very low cost per test.

10. Is the system complete in all respects and ready for installation?

Yes, the system is supplied complete with starter kit consisting of basic agonists (reagents), consumables and appropriate liquid handling system with the instrument.

11. What is the lower limit of the platelet counts for study of platelet defects?

Specific platelet defects have been diagnosed with platelet counts as low as 70,000 /mm 3 with paediatric patients.

†† When equipped with IBM compatible PC and printer of appropriate specification.

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