Element DC5X®

Veterinary Chemistry Analyser

The latest professional grade advancement in chemistry testing.

  • Up to Five Samples Per Operation

    Perform up to 190 tests per hour.

  • Gold Standard Technology

    Trusted FujiFilm dry slide chemistry provides unsurpassed accuracy and reproducibility.

  • Fully Automated

    Set sample, load slides, walk away.

  • 7” Color Touchscreen

    Intuitive navigation with multi-functional interface.

  • Only 10uL Per Test Sample

    Accommodates juvenile and exotic patients.

  • Bi-directional Communication

    Easy integration with practice management systems.

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Easy Operation and 3 Step Measurements

ISE Electrolyte Technology

Reference lab technology with auto-cap feature maintains continuity of RE solution

Efficiency Features

Store 50 pipette tips at one time, load samples and walk away.

Trusted Dry Slide Technology

Proven and unsurpassed accuracy and reproducibility

Worklisting Capability

Bi-directional communication with practice management software

Broad and Customizable Test Menu

Run only the tests needed, with individual parameters as well as packaged panels

High Volume Capability

Perfect for specialty and group practices

I trust the accuracy of the machine. We checked a few samples run on Heska with an external reference lab and the results were very consistent.

Dr. Michael Callaghan BVSc, Dip Vet Clin Stud
Alcorn Street Vet

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Individual Slides

BUN, CREA, ALP, ALT, PHOS, GGT, TBIL, AST, GLU, TP, ALB, Ca, Mg, NH3, TRIG, LIP, AMY, CK, URIC, CHOL, TCO2 (for DRI-CHEM&reg 7000 and Element DC only), LDH, Electrolytes (Na+, K+, Cl-)


Pre-surgical Panel (ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP)
Kidney Panel (ALB, BUN, CREA, Ca, PHOS, TP)
Liver Panel (ALB, ALP, ALT, GGT, GLU, TBIL)
Comprehensive Panel (ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP, TBIL, ALB, PHOS, Ca, CHOL, GGT)
Comprehensive Plus Panel (ALP, ALT, BUN, CREA, GLU, TP, TBIL, ALB, PHOS, Ca, CHOL, GGT, LIP, AMY, Mg, TRIG, AST, Na+, K+, Cl-)

Calculated Values

Globulin, Na+/K+ Ratio, Albumin/Globulin Ratio, Corrected Calcium, Estimated Osmolality, BUN/Creatinine Ratio

Flexible Slide Configuration

With the Element DC5X Analyser, configure profiles that you require without wasting tests that you don’t want. Add electrolytes and lipase to any sample run. Run a panel, run an individual slide, or combine panels and individual slides to create virtually unlimited options specific to your patients’ needs. And with weighted slide stabilisation, you can be sure your slides are transferred into the incubator seamlessly with no jamming.

Best-in-Class Dry Chemistry Technology

There are two types of biochemistry testing systems for clinical testing: those utilizing liquid reagents and those that test based on dry reagents, which are easier to handle. Dry chemistry has been an accepted technology in medical laboratories for many years and numerous clinical evaluations have validated this technology against conventional wet chemistry analysis. Heska’s Element DC5X chemistry analyser is powered by FujiFilm technology and leverages more than 75 years of dry chemistry research and development. The state-of-the-art sample surface detection feature monitors air pressure changes and detects inadequate sample volume before the slide is wasted. Along with coated tips which prevent sample wicking and provide accurate delivery, the Element DC analyser brings advanced solutions to in-hospital chemistry testing.

No Interference from Lipemic Samples

Lipemia, haemolysis and icterus (hyperbilirubinemia) are common interferents in all clinical chemistry systems as shown below. Lipemia is the most common problem on liquid chemistry systems, because the turbidity associated with lipemia scatters light in the measurement of absorption by the reactant fluid.

Together, Heska and FUJIFILM are leading the way with technological advances that successfully eliminate lipemia as an interferent, while reducing the number of tests affected by icterus to a single parameter, and significantly decreasing the parameters impacted by haemolytic samples.

This is accomplished because the Element DC5X analyser uses reflectance (rather than absorbance) technology to measure the colour reaction. This, along with the slide sample spreading layer, reduces the effect of light scatter on the sample. In addition, electrolytes which are measured by potentiometry are not affected by interfering substances at all.

Automated Dilution

Not all patient chemistry parameters fall within the measurable range of an analyzer. When an absolute value is critical to a diagnosis, treatment plan, or prognosis, the auto-dilution feature on the Element DC5X analyser gives you the information you need.

In cases where patient results are above the analysers’ measurable limits you can quickly obtain a result by performing a dilution in a few simple steps:

  1. Add your slides and sample tube.
  2. Place a dilution cup and diluent (distilled water) into the analyser.
  3. Add your tips.
  4. Select your dilution factor.

The sample rerun feature on the Element DC5X analyser eliminates data re-entry; your previous patient number, sample ID and reference interval are recalled with the touch of a button.

No manual pipetting or re-calculation required; the auto-dilution feature on the Element DC5X analyser does it all — minimizing the chance of error. These fully automated steps ensure dilution results are reliable and allow you to focus entirely on your patients.



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