The Myers-Stevens Group, Inc. was first incorporated in California in August 2000.
The company is a manufacturer and distributor of a line of biomedical diagnostic products, specifically, disposable plastic laboratory ware, test tubes, transfer pipettes, caps, microscope slides etc. and a urinalysis system and controls (Count-10 System).
Its markets include hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical clinics and laboratories. The products are sold “globally” through distributors the “likes” of Cardinal Health and VWR “International”.
It also sells directly to end users.
The anchor of company’s product line is the Count-10 System ™ for performing a standardized microscopic urinalysis. It provides for improved test accuracy, productivity and cost containment as It allows for performance of up to ten (10) specimen examinations on one (1) slide.
Urinalysis, the diagnostic study of urine, represents one of the oldest, most basic and often ordered medical laboratory tests. Urine chemistry and microscopic examination of sediment can provide information concerning diagnosis and management of renal and urinary tract disease as well as metabolic or systemic disease not directly related to the kidneys.
The routine analysis of urine includes three basic categories of examination. (1) Physical analysis includes specific gravity as determined by refractometry, color, appearance and osmolarity: (2) Chemical analysis generally includes screening for protein, glucose, ketones, pH, bilirubin and urobilinogen. Hemoglobin, porphyrins and metabolites of drugs and amino acids might also be screened. (3) Urinary sediment microscopy includes the examination of organized sediment consisting of erythrocytes, leukocytes, epithelial cells, bacteria and casts as well as unorganized granular or crystalline sediment.
The microscopic examination of urine sediment is the most valuable part of the urinalysis: however standardization is required to provide more meaningful results. The traditional method of sediment analysis involves centrifuging the urine, decanting the supernate and resuspending the resulting sediment in a small volume of urine. One drop of the sediment suspension is transferred to a glass microscope slide and covered with a coverslip. Examination is made on a light microscope under both low and high power magnification.
In order to achieve inter and intralaboratory standardization for microscopic urinalysis, a number of test variables must be controlled. These variables include initial sample volume, concentration, and microscopy parameters. When standardization of this method is achieved, results for diagnosis and disease monitoring will become more significant.