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The automation of routine calculations and graphing for alkaline filter elution analysis on a computer-controlled liquid scintillation analyzer.

Authors
  • Sognier, M A
  • Cooper, J L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1989
Volume
29
Issue
4
Pages
235–243
Identifiers
PMID: 2791524
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The data calculations and graphing functions for the widely used alkaline filter elution technique have been completely automated. This saves considerable time and increases both efficiency and accuracy by eliminating human error. The automation was accomplished utilizing Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Graphwriter II on a Packard Tri-Carb 1900CA liquid scintillation analyzer containing a built-in pico-XTE computer. A batch file is used to control the overall execution of the process. It copies the data stored by the 1900CA into the Lotus subdirectory and invokes Lotus 1-2-3. A Lotus macro automatically imports the data file, performs the calculations, and prints the results. Graphwriter II is then invoked by the batch file and the charts are composed and graphed. Finally, the instrument operating software for the 1900CA is reentered and sample analysis can be resumed for any unanalyzed samples.

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