Testimonials

Benson Viscometers is the UK leader for plasma viscosity testing systems and we have had a long relationship with Bernie Benson. The BV1 is superbly engineered and easy to use, with a modified PC cabinet and a small foot print. Customer support is second to none.

Graham Gibbs MSc CSci FIBMS, Lead Biomedical Scientist, Haematology Dept., Musgrove Park Hospital
 
 

Our Benson BV200 is serviced on a bi-annual basis by one of the Benson Viscometer service engineers. We are a remote Hospital site situated in the Scottish Highlands which makes emergency call out for an engineer quite difficult. However, this is compensated by an enhanced telephone service from the Benson support team. This includes personnel who have a massive in depth knowledge of their technology as well as dedicated IT support. The team work together as required to resolve any issue, providing clear instruction and computer upgrades as necessary. Any required parts for our BV200 are sent by dedicated delivery - if the Benson helpdesk are aware in good time on any given day replacement parts will be sent promptly and normally received the following day - exceptional for our geographical location.

 

Mick Milner, Haematology Team Manager, Blood Science Dept., Raigmore Hospital , Inverness.
 
 

The Isle of Man was the first site worldwide to purchase a Benson Viscometer and both the instrument and company have come a long way since its inception. We turned our back on ESR's over 30 years ago and our current Benson Viscometers perform over 20000 plasma viscosities per annum with very little downtime. Given our somewhat remote location accuracy, reliability and performance are vitally important and Benson Viscometers meet these requirements admirably.

 

Paul Woods CSci FIBMS,Chief Biomedical Scientist, Haematology Dept., Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man
 
 

We have a good relationship with Benson Viscometers and have been a great help from training to trouble shooting.They have fantastic staff and we have been really impressed.

Elaine Boyle, Haematology Service Manager,HEY NHS Trust
 
 
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About PV

Benson Viscometers Ltd is a British company that manufactures, distributes and maintains a range of clinical viscometers, tuned to analyse blood plasma viscosity.

The range includes a fully automated walk away high volume analyser (BV200) capable of processing 60 samples per hour for large laboratories and a semi automated analyser (BV1) suitable for small laboratories performing up to 50 samples a day.

The company also supplies a full range of control and maintenance reagents to give operators confidence in their results.

 

BV1 Unit
For confidence in your results

An increasing number of laboratories are electing to use Plasma Viscosity routinely in preference to erythrocyte sedimentation testing (ESR). This is because Plasma Viscosity results are easier to imterpret and results can be fully validated.

What They Say

"Benson Viscometers is the UK leader for plasma viscosity testing systems and we have had a long relationship with Bernie Benson. The BV1 is superbly engineered and easy to use, with a modified PC cabinet and a small footprint. Customer support is second to none." Graham Gibbs MSc CSci FIBMS, Lead Biomedical Scientist, Haematology Dept., Musgrove Park Hospital.

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Some PV Facts
  • Patient plasma viscosity (PV) is unaffected by patient anaemia or polycythaemia 
  • Samples can be analysed up to one week after centrifugation 
  • Test results are not affected by anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Patient PV is not affected by age (>3 years), gender or smoking 
  • A rise of PV in the third trimester of pregnancy is predictable 
  • The only diagnostic test for plasma hyperviscosity