User Testimonials

DINAMICA Laboratory
Dra. Adriana Londoño - Bacteriologist Immunology

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Questionary for the laboratories that currently are using the automated HELIOS® equipment

 

Laboratory:    Dinamica
User:    Dra. Adriana Londoño
Position:    Bacteriologist Immunology
Experience in years:    20 Years

 

Please answer the following questions based on your experience:


1. Which are the main features that you would highlight of the performance of the Helios?
It is a functional, compact, fast, with a good design, a friendly software and comfortable machine.


2. What are the main benefits that the laboratory has by having the Helios?
It allows the standardization on the reading and classifying of patients, of easy access of the information, the file of images offers competitive advantages, the possibility of communication between AESKU Diagnostics and the commercial house.  And reagents are of a very good quality.


3. How does the Helios help to improve processing times in the section?
When the reading and sorting the photos of patients on a monitor and not on a microscope located in a dark room, the welfare of users end is improved by reducing eye fatigue.


4. Is the area (size) that the Helios is using in the lab appropriate? Why?
The area that the machines take is suitable, the design and dimensions are ideal for a small room which facilitates the location.


5. How has the Helios helped to standardize the results in the lab?
When the software makes the discrimination between positive and negative, it allows the user to have a consensus in order to define the result according to the already established criteria, and it makes it a more objective reading.


6. Is the level of automation from the Helios the required one by the laboratory?
The level of automation of the system is appropriate.


7. How do you think it helps the discrimination between positive and negative results on laboratory efficiency?
The discrimination results improves laboratory efficiency because low false positives are reduced, which before they were reprocessed, allowing a better use of resources and it improves the opportunity on results.


8. With how many photos do you make the immunofluorescence pattern discrimination? Is it enough the photo capacity that the Helios can generate?
The discrimination of the pattern is made with three photos, and we believe this is an appropriate and sufficient number.


9. What is the main utility of the library of patterns within the software Helios?
The library of patterns offers easy access information and good understanding, and it is educational.


10. What do you like the most about working with HELIOS?
I like to work with Helios because the opportunity on the results is better, is easy to use, it makes bar codes readings and the results are reliable, reproducible and standardized.


11. What is the main advantage that you have to recommend the HELIOS to other laboratories?
In Helios is possible to work with quality and comfort, improving processing times due to its design. The brand Aesku and commercial house offers tranquillity on the business side, scientific and engineering support.


12. What would you like to be different on your equipment?
• I would like it better if it would discriminate anti DNA antibodies, anti-ASMA, anti-mitochondrial and ANCAS

• That all the reagents to have all the required controls, since the rLKS kit has anti mitochondria, and is lacking the ASMA control and the LKM control.

• I would also like to have a bidirectional communication with the operating system lab

• To keep in memory the dilutions that have to be continuing to the patient

•  And to be able to make the statistics of processed tests.


Suggestions:
The volume of the conjugates and controls is not enough

COMPENSAR Laboratory
Dra. Claudia Ruiz - Bacteriologist Immunology

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Questionary for the laboratories that currently are using the automated HELIOS® equipment

 

Laboratory:  Compensar
User:   Dra. Claudia Ruiz
Position:   Bacteriologist Immunology
Experience in years:   20 years

 

Please answer the following questions based on your experience:


1. Which are the main features that you would highlight of the performance of the Helios?
The Reading, the Barcode of the samples and the microscope included.


2. What are the main benefits that the laboratory has by having the Helios?
The background has been eliminated during processing. Reading of the slides on the computer without looking directly at the microscope. The (ANA) reading time has been decreased.


3. How does the Helios help to improve processing times in the section?
False Positives Elimination. Reading (confirmation) while the machine processes. Report time has decreased.


4. Is the area (size) that the Helios is using in the lab appropriate? Why?
Yes, because it has an aerodynamic shape


5. How has the Helios helped to standardize the results in the lab?
The Microscope of the equipment (the pictures taken) helps for the IFI to stop being so subjective.


6. Is the level of automation from the Helios the required one by the laboratory?
It is appropriate, but the presentation of the reagents mainly the Sample Buffer is insufficient for Laboratory runs.


7. How do you think it helps the discrimination between positive and negative results on laboratory efficiency?
It is a very important aid, but sometimes there are some discrepancies, although by the quality of the pictures the report can be decided, however.


8. With how many photos do you make the immunofluorescence pattern discrimination? Is it enough the photo capacity that the Helios can generate?
With 3 photos generally we review them all and that is enough.


9. What is the main utility of the library of patterns within the software Helios?
Being able to ensure the report when multiple patterns are in the same well


10. What do you like the most about working with HELIOS?
It is a friendly machine and the software is easy to handle, I like being able to see the photos.


11. What is the main advantage that you have to recommend the HELIOS to other laboratories?
The pictures on the screen are very sharp, good resolution. The slides can be seen in a conventional microscope without lowering the fluorescence.


12. What would you like to be different on your equipment?
To have more capacity for samples


Suggestions:
- DNA: To have the reading to 100%
- There is a lot background in the DNA substrate
- Larger volume controls
- The volume of the conjugates and controls is not enough

Eastern Health General Hospital Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Ed Randell - Division Chief & Professor of Laboratory Medicine

Letter of Recommendation

" This is to indicate that the Division of Clinical Biochemistry of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Eastern Health Authority, located at the Health Science Centre, in St. John´s, NL, Canada, do hereby confirm the we have an experience of over one year in using the below products developed and manufactured by AESKU.Diagnostics Germany:

• Fully Automated IFA Processing and Reading System HELIOS

• AESKUSLIDES IFA Kits (reagents): ANA (HEp-2-Cells)

As a final user we nave evaluated the system anf the kits and we consider the above mentioned AESKU products as an revolutionary and reliable diagnostic solution, providing a high level of performance and traceability.

We express the best opinion regarding both, the system and the scientific an technical support for the AESKU products.

On the basis of their proven competence an professionalism we unhesitatingly recommend the products and support of AESKU.Diagnostics."

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Laverty Pathology
Lucinda Wallman - Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist 

Letter of Recommendation

"To Whom it May Concern,

As the Director of the Immunology Laboratory at Laverty Pathology, 60 Waterloo Rd, North Ryde, NSW, Australia, I am able to confirm that we have 10 month’s experience in using the following products developed and manufactured by Aesku Diagnostics, Germany:

• Helios® fully automated IFA processing and reading system

• Aeskuslides® IFA reagents: ANA-Hep-2 , ANCA, EMA, LKS (rat)

• AeskuLab® middleware

Our pathology network, SDS Laboratories, has 9 Helios platforms installed in various laboratories throughout Australia. Our laboratories are large, high throughput, privately operated laboratories with a focus on quality and performance, including low turn-around-times.  We conducted an extensive evaluation of the Aesku system and the immunofluorescence substrates and reagents, as well as competing automated immunofluorescence systems, and we consider these Aesku products to be robust and and reliable diagnostic solutions, providing a superior level of performance and traceability, and major advantages in terms of workflow efficiency. Furthermore, the level of scientific and technical support offered with the systems has been exemplary and unparalleled in my years of experience in diagnostic pathology.

On this basis, I have no hesitation in offering my avid recommendation of the products and support of Aesku Diagnostics."

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ANALIZAR Laboratory
Dr. Constanza Sánchez - Bacteriologist Immunology

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Questionary for the laboratories that currently are using the automated HELIOS® equipment

 

L aboratory:  ANALIZAR
User:   Dra. Constanza Sánchez
Position:   Bacteriologist Immunology

Experience in years:   17 years

 

Please answer the following questions based on your experience:


1. Which are the main features that you would highlight of the performance of the Helios?
It makes the process automatically from reading from the barcode of the samples until the classification of the result in positive and negative. It is really fast.


2. What are the main benefits that the laboratory has by having the Helios?
This device has many good features:
• No darkroom is required
• A digital file is obtained from all of the results
• Standardize
• Reproducible process
• Easy maintenance
• Easy access to software
• High quality in the pictures.


3. How does the Helios help to improve processing times in the section?
The machine helps to optimize time because I can perform other activities while the equipment works and I like that it can be performed several runs on in a day and improve the timeliness of delivery of results to the patient.


4. Is the area (size) that the Helios is using in the lab appropriate? Why?
Yes. Since it is small, compacted from its full capacity and a special darkroom is not necessary for reading.


5. How has the Helios helped to standardize the results in the lab?
Since the process is fully automated and it does not require the intervention in the process then all of runs are made with the same characteristics, therefore that it is completely reliable.


6. Is the level of automation from the Helios the required one by the laboratory?
Yes, it is appropriate. It is able to realize its process without any human presence including the discrimination of positive and negative.


7. How do you think it helps the discrimination between positive and negative results on laboratory efficiency?
It saves time that it can be used for the analysis of positive samples.


8. With how many photos do you make the immunofluorescence pattern discrimination? Is it enough the photo capacity that the Helios can generate?
There is enough capacity for the photos that can be generated by the machine. Normally with two photos is sufficient to identify the pattern. It is much better to observe the samples on the screen of the Helios equipment because it does not have to focus the microscopic and also the size of the picture and the zoom that can provide helps for faster reading.


9. What is the main utility of the library of patterns within the software Helios?
Compare the pattern observed and also see the characteristics in every pattern.


10. What do you like the most about working with HELIOS?
It saves a lot of time in reading the slides. It is a friendly machine.


11. What is the main advantage that you have to recommend the HELIOS to other laboratories?
It is practical to handle, the standardization, the time saved in reading.


12. What would you like to be different on your equipment?
The library is very basic as there are many more patterns that should be included. It would be nice to update it once in a while.