TABLE 1

Description of automated platforms studied

InstrumentManufacturerConfigurationSpecimen capacityNo. of controls per run
m2000 RealTimeAbbott MolecularBatch system; separate units for specimen extraction (m2000sp) and detection (m2000rt)93a3
Viper XTRbBD Diagnostic SystemBatch system; single unit for specimen extraction and detection92c4
cobas 4800Roche Molecular DiagnosticsBatch system; separate units for specimen extraction (x480) and detection (z480)94a2
TigrisHologic Gen-ProbeBatch system; single unit for specimen extraction and detection178c4
PantherHologic Gen-ProbeNonbatch, random-access system; single unit for specimen extraction and detection1182
  • a Maximum number of specimens processed per run with return visits.

  • b Two modes of operation, walk-away and throughput.

  • c Maximum number of specimens processed per batch without a return visit.