Simple 3-step operation

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Add Sample

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Insert Disc

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Read Results


Good for Practices and Patients

Efficient care delivery is no longer a lofty goal, it’s a priority!   With a Piccolo on the front-lines of care, hospitals, doctors and clinics alike are diagnosing and treating in a single visit, thereby increasing throughput, maximizing clinician efficacy and increasing revenues.


Installation & Training

Every step of the way we’re there to help.  We’ll help you set up your Piccolo and train your operators on good laboratory practices.  And, we’ll help keep your Piccolo operation running smoothly.

Piccolo Xpress FAQ

Can the analyzer be connected to an external computer, printer, LIS or EMR?

The Piccolo Xpress has 5 USB ports located on the back of the analyzer. These USB ports are bi-directional and can be connected to peripherals like a printer, keyboard, barcode scanner, computer or EMR/LIS system. Available data formats are ASCII, ASTM and XML. Data parsing and translation may be required to work with your system. Contact your IT department, systems provider or Abaxis Technical Service at 1-800-822-2947 for assistance. 

Existing customers can also download Abaxis Data Manager for free by clicking here. Data Manager is a free, unsupported utility that connects your Piccolo to a 32-bit Windows computer and formats the Piccolo results into a PDF and XML file. Many practices have found these files useful as an interim solution to full connectivity. 

What are the power requirements needed to operate the analyzer?

The analyzer requires 100-240 volts AC, 50-60 Hz or 15 volts DC, 5.0A.

Is surge protection or an uninterruptible power supply required for the Piccolo Xpress?

Abaxis recommends that the Piccolo be plugged into a surge protector designed for use with a computer. A suitable Belkin surge protector is provided with each analyzer. If an uninterruptable power supply is required for your operation, one is available from Abbott Point of Care Customer Service at 1-800-323-9100, or by clicking here to send a support request.

What do the black symbols on the results print out mean?

The three black “~~~” symbols mean that the results for that particular chemistry were suppressed. The analyzer is designed to deliver accurate results. If the analyzer is unable to provide accurate results, it will suppress those results rather than print them. Collect a new sample and re-run the test. If results for the second sample are suppressed, contact Abaxis Technical Support at 1-800-822-2947, or by clicking here to send a support request.

Should controls be run on the Piccolo Xpress?

CLIA Waived Testing
a. At least every 30 days.
b. Whenever laboratory conditions have changed significantly.
c. When training or retraining of personnel is indicated.
d. With each new lot.

CLIA Moderately Complex Testing
a. Abaxis recommends control testing to follow federal, state and local guidelines. Please follow this link for the CMS state contacts:

Where can control samples be purchased?

Controls can be ordered directly from Abbott Point of Care customer service, or through your Piccolo distributor. For additional information call Abbott Point of Care toll free at 1-800-323-9100.

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  • Height:

    32.4 cm (12.75 in)
  • Width:

    15.2 cm (6 in)
  • Depth:

    20.3 cm (8 in)



Analyzer – 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs) Power Adapter – 0.7 kg (1.6 lbs)

Power Adapter

0.7 kg (1.6 lbs)

Power Requirements

100-240 volts AC; 50-60 Hz; or 15 volts DC, 5.0A

Sample Size

0.1cc (100 µl)

Sample Type

Lithium heparin, whole blood, serum or plasma

Test Time

Approximately 12 minutes

Quality Control Features

Built-in intelligent Quality Control (iQC®) system


Bi-directional input/output


8-cm diameter, single-use, self-contained plastic chemistry reagent discs. Each disc contains all reagents needed to perform a panel of tests on a single sample

Data Input Display

10-digit numeric –VGA color touchscreen


Built in thermal printer with adhesive backed paper External Printer/LIS/EMR capable

Memory Capacity

Up to 5000 patient and quality control results

Mode of Opertion


Protection Against Ingress of Fluids

Ordinary equipment (IPXO)

Analyzer Software

Comprised of two matched programs; one processes the information and controls the measurement engine itself, the other reports analyte concentrations. It stores data related to each run (time, date, user ID, patient results, control data) and results can be uploaded to a computer using USB Ports

Analyzer Hardware

Xenon arc stroboscopic lamp and a beam-splitter/detector read nine wavelengths 16-bit analog-to-digital converter used in signal processing Two microprocessors control analyzer functions Heater maintains disc at 37 ± 1o C during reaction portion of analysis

Ambient Operating Temperature Range

15-32° C (59-90° F)

Reaction Temperature

37° C (98.6° F)

Operating Humidity

8-80%, noncondensing

Thermal Protection Rating

70° C (158° F)

Medical Reference Center

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