Somatic cell analyser

  • US 6,307,362 B1
  • Filed: 12/09/1999
  • Issued: 10/23/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/17/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A somatic cell analyser for on-line somatic cell count (SCC), comprising:

  • a flow cell for receiving a sample of milk;

    detection means for providing an indication of the number of sodium ions in said sample and generating an ion count signal whenever the number of somatic cells is higher than a reference assumed to indicate absence of somatic cells in said sample;

    control means for receiving said ion count signal, comparing same with a plurality of quality thresholds corresponding to a plurality of quality categories, and classifying said sample in a quality category; and

    means for indicating a set of parameters characterizing said quality category.

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