Medical centrifuges or clinical centrifuges are devices that are used to separate urea, serum, blood samples, and other liquids that are needed for routine applications in research laboratories and hospitals. There are many types of clinical centrifuges that are available in the market today.
Clinical Centrifuges: What are the Different Types?
The type of clinical centrifuge used will depend on the laboratory size, procedure, as well as other key factors such as application and function.
Floor Standing Models or Benchtop
For most laboratories, benchtop centrifuges would be a good investment. They have different sizes and capacities and they are very versatile and easy to use.
Floor-standing clinical centrifuges, on the other hand, are used in laboratories with high sample volumes and throughput centrifugation. These centrifuges will have a bigger footprint, therefore require larger amounts of space.
High or low speed Models
The types of clinical centrifuges used are typically classified into two: high or low speed models. Typically, high speed models are for separation of small molecular compounds and high G-force.
They usually come with an angle rotor and are also known as microfuges or microcentrifuges. Low speed centrifuges usually can accommodate larger sample volume and come with a swing out rotor.
These types of centrifuges are considered ideal for samples that are temperature sensitive. Refrigerated centrifuges typically come with internal cooling systems like compressors and condensers. This helps ensure the samples are centrifuged at below or pre-set ambient temperature.