UNIT 1.28 Evaluation and Purchase of an Analytical Flow Cytometer: Some of the Numerous Factors to Consider

  1. Robert M. Zucker1,
  2. Nancy C. Fisher2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/0471142956.cy0128s63

Current Protocols in Cytometry

Current Protocols in Cytometry

How to Cite

Zucker, R. M. and Fisher, N. C. 2013. Evaluation and Purchase of an Analytical Flow Cytometer: Some of the Numerous Factors to Consider. Current Protocols in Cytometry. 63:1.28:1.28.1–1.28.11.

Author Information

  1. 1

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Toxicology Assessment Division, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

  2. 2

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: JAN 2013


When purchasing a flow cytometer, the decision of which brand, model, specifications, and accessories may be challenging. The decisions should initially be guided by the specific applications intended for the instrument. However, many other factors need to be considered, which include hardware, software, quality assurance, support, service, and price and recommendations from colleagues. These issues are discussed to help guide the purchasing process. Curr. Protoc. Cytom. 63:1.28.1-1.28.11. © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • flow cytometer;
  • fluorescence;
  • lasers;
  • quality assurance;
  • PMTs