A biochemical analyzer is a laboratory equipment, which has among its functions to measure the level in blood or other body fluid, of analytes such as glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, uric acid, proteins and enzymes.
The main component of the biochemical analyzer is a spectrophotometer where it measures the concentrations of the different substances based on the intensity of color or based on the amount of substrate used (this in the case of enzymes), after a series of chemical reactions.
The advantage of this equipment is the speed and precision they have.
Biochemistry analyzers, also known as clinical chemistry analyzers, as mentioned, are used to determine the metabolites present in biological samples such as blood or urine. The study of these fluids allows to diagnose many diseases. An example of the use of this type of analyzer is the measurement of creatinine in urine to assess the filtering capacity of the kidneys.
When choosing a biochemistry analyzer, the need for automation of the determination, the specificity of the reagents and the level of precision of the measurements will be taken into account. Capacity (maximum number of samples analyzed at the same time) is also a factor to consider.