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    ABSTRACT: The study of urine particles plays a key role in the diagnosis of kidney diseases. In this study, the authors evaluated the correlation between the UF-1000i and quantitative manual microscopy. A total of 214 untreated urine samples were studied using the Sysmex UF-1000i and compared with results obtained from quantitative manual microscopy using the Fuchs-Rosenthal counting chamber. Using Pearson statistics, we observed satisfactory correlation between the UF-1000i and quantitative microscopy: for red blood cells (RBCs) r was 0.98, for white blood cells (WBCs) r was 1.00, for epithelial cells (EC) r was 0.96, and for casts r was 0.69. Using linear regression statistics, we also observed satisfactory correlation between the UF-1000i and quantitative microscopy: for RBCs R(2) was 0.95, for WBCs R(2) was 0.99, for EC R(2) was 0.92, and for casts R(2) was 0.48. In our experience, automated urine particle analysis performed using the Sysmex UF-1000i analyzer is sufficiently precise and improves the workflow in a routine laboratory. Precision was satisfactory and concordance with the reference method is good for RBC, WBC and EC; for casts microscopic observation is required for flagged samples to discriminate hyaline from pathologic casts.
    Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 08/2010; 48(8):1107-11. · 3.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a quite common disease, the gold standard for diagnosing UTIs is still bacterial culture, although a large percentage of samples are negative: unnecessary cultures can be reduced by means of an effective screening test. The analytic performance of a new urine cytometer, the UF-1000i, has been tested on 1463 urine samples submitted to our laboratory for culture. Bacteria and leukocyte counts have been compared by means of the UF-1000i with colony-forming unit (CFU) quantification on citrate lactose electrolytes deficient agar to assess the best cutoff values. By using quantitative cultures and considering as positive a sample with 10 x 10(5) CFU/mL, 546 positive samples (37%) were observed. If compared with 10 x 10(5) CFU/mL, the cutoff values obtained were 125 bacteria/microL and 40 leukocytes/ microL, respectively. Analytic parameters such as sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and correctly classified incidence were satisfactory. Based on the results obtained in this study, when using the UF-1000i analyzer for a screening test for UTI, a cutoff value of 40 white blood cells/microL should be adopted. The cutoff value for bacteria should be 125/microL for those clinical conditions in which 10 x 10(5) CFU/mL indicates a positivity.
    Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease 10/2009; 65(2):103-7. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    Clinical Chemistry 10/2004; 50(9):1707-9. · 7.15 Impact Factor