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PCV Packed Cell Volume Tube
The PCV tube enables a quick and reproducible measuring technique of the cell volume. This method is ideal for the monitoring of the tissue growth (cell mass).

Advantages of the PCV tube:

  • PCV tube with calibrated capillary, some available with volume graduation
  • fits standard microcentrifuges

The Determination of cell number density is a routine task in almost every laboratory working with cell cultures. The most commonly used method is counting cells manually with the hemacytometer, which is very time-consuming, tedious and prone to errors (margin of error about 15 %).

The PCV-system provides a fast, easy to use, reproducible and more accurate alternative to manual cell counting. The PCV-tubes enable the determination of the packed cell volume (PCV) in a cell suspension, resulting in absolute data correlating with parameters like protein content, cell count, metabolic activity and others.

The PCV-tubes are particularly convenient to work with, requiring neither special training nor sophisticated expensive machines – in contrast to automated cell counting devices.

Technical Data:

Type Product No. Version Volume (ml) Dimensions
Material Qty / Bag Qty / Case
 87005 with graduations, without cap 1 10.5 x 43 PS 50 250
 87007 no graduations, without cap 1 10.5 x 43 PS 50 150
 87008 cap for PCV tube 13.5 PE 50 150

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