Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the Scan 1200 by comparing manual and automatic counting. For optimal comparison, Petri dishes were plated and incubated in our R&D laboratory, using standard methods to reproduce normal laboratory conditions. The same technician then counted the colonies with a Scan 1200 and manually to obtain results for evaluating the accuracy of the Scan. This document also contains a study of the analysis time per dish and an estimate of the time spent by the laboratories.
Conclusion: Tests show in a variety of ways (regression line, correlation coefficient, average Log value difference, and ISO 7218:2007) that Scan 1200:
— Enables faster counting (up to 80% time saving).
— Counts as well as another user (strong relationship between the 2 methods, with an average difference of 2.35% per dish).
The Scan 1200 is an excellent tool for laboratories needing to count large numbers of dishes accurately and without wasting time. All results can be saved in specific files (called sessions) which contain all dish photos and counts, guaranteeing analysis quality and perfect traceability.