Rotor-Gene Q MDx

For IVD-validated real-time PCR analysis in clinical applications


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Rotor-Gene Q MDx 6plex Platform

Cat. No. / ID:  9002042

Real-time PCR instrument with 6 channels (blue, green, yellow, orange, red, crimson), including laptop computer, software, accessories: includes 1-year warranty on parts and labor, installation and training not included
Rotor-Gene Q MDx
Rotor-Gene Q MDx HRM
Rotor-Gene Q MDx HRM Platform
Multi-channel detection
The Rotor-Gene Q MDx 5plex HRM System is intended for in vitro diagnostic use in Europe.

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  • For in vitro diagnostic use
  • Outstanding thermal and optical performance due to rotary format
  • Robust technology, requiring minimal maintenance
  • Easy-to-use software with state-of-the-art security features
  • Broad portfolio of CE-IVD–marked PCR kits

Product Details

The innovative Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument enables high-precision real-time PCR. In combination with QIAGEN CE-IVD-marked PCR kits, the Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument is highly suited for in vitro diagnostic applications.


Benefit from the outstanding reliability and sensitivity of QIAGEN PCR kits in your routine testing (see figures " Reliable quantitation of HBV load" and " Highly sensitive detection of HBV DNA"). QIAGEN provides the broadest portfolio of CE-IVD-marked PCR kits for infectious disease (artus kits) and genetic analysis/companion diagnostics (therascreen kits) for any single real-time PCR cycler. Furthermore, this broad portfolio on the Rotor-Gene Q MDx is continously expanding.
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Unique rotary design for outstanding performance

The unique centrifugal design of the  Rotor-Gene Q MDx makes it the most precise and versatile real-time PCR cycler currently available (see figure " Cross-section of the Rotor-Gene Q MDx"). Each tube spins in a chamber of moving air, keeping all samples at precisely the same temperature during rapid thermal cycling. Detection is similarly uniform. When each tube aligns with the detection optics, the sample is illuminated and the fluorescent signal is rapidly collected from a single, short optical pathway. This thermal and optical uniformity results in sensitive, precise, and fast real-time PCR analysis. The rotary design delivers up to 20 times better thermal precision in real-time cycling compared with traditional block-based instruments. Build up complete confidence in your real-time PCR test by using highly precise rotary technology.

Unrivaled optical range enables multiple applications

The optical channels of the Rotor-Gene Q MDx compliment QIAGEN's CE-IVD-marked assays. With up to 6 channels spanning UV to infrared wavelengths, the cycler is ready to support even the most demanding multiplex applications (see table). In addition, the software allows you to create new excitation/detection wavelength combinations, which means that the Rotor-Gene Q MDx is now compatible with dyes you may want to use in the future.

Channels for optical detection
Channel Excitation (nm) Detection (nm) Examples of fluorophores detected
Blue 365 ± 20 460 ± 20 Marina Blue, Edans, Bothell Blue,
Alexa Fluor 350, AMCA-X, ATTO 390
Green 470 ± 10 510 ± 5 FAM, SYBR® Green I, Fluorescein,
EvaGreen, Alexa Fluor 488
Yellow 530 ± 5 557 ± 5 JOE, VIC, HEX, TET, CAL Fluor
Gold 540, Yakima Yellow
Orange 585 ± 5 610 ± 5 ROX, CAL Fluor Red 610, Cy 3.5,
Texas Red, Alexa Fluor 568
Red 625 ± 5 660 ± 10 Cyanine 670, Quasar 670, LightCycler
Red640, Alexa Fluor 633
Crimson 680 ± 5 712 high pass Quasar 705, LightCycler Red705,
Alexa Fluor 680
HRM 460 ± 20 510 ± 5 SYBR® Green I, SYTO9, LC Green,
LC Green Plus+, EvaGreen
Minimum maintenance; maximum convenience

The Rotor-Gene Q MDx is engineered to reduce the need for maintenance, and to maximize ease of use. This saves time and costs, and keeps the instrument operational for continuous testing. The outstanding robustness of Rotor-Gene technology is proven in several thousand installations worldwide.

Convenient features of the Rotor-Gene Q MDx include:

  • Lifetime guarantee on highly stable LEDs, no expensive and time consuming lamp replacement, and no gradual performance loss
  • Cost-effective and easy temperature-accuracy verification (see below)
  • Optical calibration not required at installation, or when the instrument is moved
  • "Plug and play" connectivity between the computer and the instrument
  • No sample block to clean
  • No condensation or bubbles in the reaction due to rotation
  • Small, light, and robust instrument — simply place it where you want it
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Manual and automated workflow

The Rotor-Gene Q MDx supports manual as well as automated workflows. In addition to a broad range of assays for manual sample preparation and assay setup, there are also options for semi- or fully-automated workflows.

  • Purify your nucleic acids with the proven EZ1 DSP Virus Kit on the EZ1 Advanced instrument. Then, choose EASYartus PCR Kits for a CE-IVD–compliant pathogen detection workflow on the Rotor-Gene Q MDx.
  • For a fully automated CE-IVD–compliant workflow, use the Rotor-Gene Q MDx as part of the complete QIAsymphony RGQ system for molecular testing. The QIAsymphony RGQ workflow starts with purification of nucleic acids on the QIAsymphony SP in combination with the QIAsymphony DSP Virus/Pathogen Kit. The eluates, containing purified nucleic acids from the sample preparation procedure, are transferred to the QIAsymphony AS module, which then performs assay setup with artus QS-RGQ Kits. The assays are then transferred to the Rotor-Gene Q MDx for PCR and data analysis.
Easy routine verification

Certified laboratories may often want to verify thermal accuracy. For most cyclers, this usually requires interaction with a service engineer. With the Rotor-Gene Q MDx, this is not necessary. Instead, the easy-to-use, cost-effective proprietary Rotor-Disc OTV (Optical Temperature Verification) Kit automates temperature accuracy testing. The full procedure takes less than 30 minutes and can be performed by any user.


QIAGEN CE-IVD-marked PCR kits for pathogen detection and genetic analysis enable detection of specific targets.


Software enables quantification and enhances data security

The comprehensive Rotor-Gene Q software package supports all analysis procedures for IVD testing. The powerful and user-friendly software provides simplicity for the routine user, as well as an open platform for the more advanced developer. Software wizards as well as templates for run, processing, and analysis procedures, and various pre-defined report formats, support standardization in your laboratory.

The highest data security, from starting the run to exporting the results, is assured by audit trails, digital signatures, and individual user management. Each Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument is supplied with an unlimited software user license for your institute, enabling you to access and analyse your test results on as many computers as you want — in the laboratory, or in the office.

Supporting data and figures


Optical SystemUp to 6 channels spanning UV to infrared wavelengths; Excitation sources: High energy light-emitting diodes; Detector: Photomultiplier; Acquisition time: 4 s. The software allows new excitation/detection wavelength combinations to be created.
Place of operationFor indoor use only
Kits designed for this instrumentartus QS-RGQ Kits, artus RG PCR Kits, EASYartus PCR Kits, therascreen PCR Kits
Heat dissipation/thermal loadAverage, 0.183 kW (632 BTU/hour); Peak, 0.458 kW (1578 BTU/hour)
Samples per run (throughput)Tubes 0.2 ml - 36 samples/run; Strip Tubes 0.1 ml (4 tubes) - 72 samples/run; Rotor-Disc 72 - 72 samples/run; Rotor-Disc 100 - 100 samples/run
Power100-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz, <520 VA (peak); Power consumption <60 VA (standby); Mains supply voltage fluctuations are not to exceed 10% of the nominal supply voltages; F5a 250 V fuse
DimensionsWidth, 37 cm (14.6 in.); height, 28.6 cm (11.3 in.); Depth (without cables), 42 cm (16.5 in.); Depth (door open), 53.8 cm (21.2 in.)
Overvoltage categoryII
Pollution level2; Environmental class 3K2 (IEC 60721-3-3)
Operating temperature18-30°C (64-86°F)
Humidity10-75% (noncondensing)
SoftwareRotor-Gene Q software, supplied on the installation CD provided
Protocols/main application on this instrumentIVD validated real-time PCR analysis in clinical applications such as pathogen detection, viral load testing, and mutation testing
Storage conditions15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) in manufacturer's package; Max. 75% relative humidity (noncondensing); Environmental class 1K2 (IEC 60721-3-1)
Thermal performanceTemperature range, 35°C to 99°C (95°F to 210.2°F); Temperature accuracy, ±0.5°C; Temperature resolution, ±0.02°C (smallest programmable increment); Temperature uniformity, ±0.02°C (standard deviation)
Warranty1 year on instrument; lifetime guarantee on excitation LEDs
TechnologyReal-time PCR cycler
Transportation conditions–25°C to 60°C (–13°F to 140°F) in manufacturer's package; Max. 75% relative humidity (non-condensing); Environmenal class: 2K2 (IEC 60721-3-2)
Weight12.5 kg (27.6 lb.), standard configuration
AltitudeUp to 2000 m (6500 ft)

Service Plans

RGQ MDx, Full Agreement

Cat. No. / ID:  9243665

Instrument repair service for the Rotor-Gene Q MDx at regional repair center. Shipping, labor and parts included during the Full Agreement period. Loaner instrument provided within 2–3 business days. Instrument repair turnaround time of 7–10 business days. Includes one on-site Preventive Maintenance or Inspection Service during the Full Agreement period.


Safety Data Sheets (1)
Operating Software (1)
For use on the Rotor-Gene Q. Rotor-Gene Q software 2.3.5 is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems
Technical Information (2)
Instrument User Manuals (2)
For use with Rotor-Gene Q Software version 2.3.4
Kit Handbooks (1)
For verification of thermal accuracy of Rotor-Gene real-time cyclers
Certificates of Analysis (1)


Please refer to section 'Guidelines for effective multiplex assays' under "Important Notes" in the Rotor-Gene Multiplex PCR Handbook for suitable combinations of reporter dyes, or visit our Multiplex real-time PCR Resource site for additional information.
FAQ ID -9028
What reaction volume is suitable for use in the Rotor-Gene Q?

Reaction volumes suitable for use on the Rotor-Gene Q are:

  • Rotor-Disc 100: 30 µl x 100-wells, 10-25 µl reaction volume
  • Rotor-Disc 72: 0.1 ml x 72-wells, 15-25 µl reaction volume
  • Strip Tubes 0.1 ml: 0.1 ml x 72-wells, 10-30 µl reaction volume, strips of 4 tubes and caps
  • PCR Tubes 0.2 ml: 0.2 ml x 36-wells, 15-50 µl reaction volume, individual tubes with caps
FAQ ID -9030
Why is no fluorescence signal detected in my run?

Please make data are collected in the appropriate fluorescent channel. Also check the gain is optimized.

If the issue persists, please send the original run file with extension .rex to QIAGEN Technical Service for further assistance.

FAQ ID -9023
What should I do if the Rotor-Disc OTV run does not pass?

Please send the original OTV run file to QIAGEN Technical Service for further assistance.

FAQ ID -9022
What kind of file is required for hardware-related trouble-shooting?
For hardware related issues, please send the support package to QIAGEN Technical Service. Within the Rotor-gene Q software, click Help and select Send Support Email. In the new window, select the file that relates to the issue and email it to QIAGEN Technical Service.
FAQ ID - 9024
Is regular calibration needed with the Rotor-gene instrument?
QIAGEN recommends the annual inspection service on Rotor-gene instruments, during which all application-critical modules of the Rotor-gene are inspected and tested and an OTV check is conducted. Performed tests and test results are documented in a GMP/GLP-compliant Report. In addition, the end users can perform the temperature calibration in the lab as needed using the Rotor-Disc OTV kit.

Note: The Rotor-Disc OTV kit requires the Rotor-Disc 72 Rotor and Rotor-Disc 72 locking ring.
FAQ ID -9025
Can I import a standard curve from a previous PCR run on the Rotor-Gene Q?

Use of endogenous control genes corrects for variation in RNA content, variation in reverse-transcription efficiency, possible RNA degradation or presence of inhibitors in the RNA sample, variation in nucleic acid recover, and differences in sample handling. The endogenous control gene ought to have consistent expression levels between samples and among treatment conditions, and ideally has a similar expression level to that of the genes of interest. Genes commonly used as references can be found at the QuantiTect Primer Assays as endogenous controls.

FAQ ID -9027
Must I fill blank positions with empty tubes when running sample numbers lower than the rotor capacity of the Rotor Gene Q?
Yes, all empty positions in the rotor of the Rotor-Gene Q have to be filled with empty tubes. This guarantees optimal temperature repartition in the Rotor-Gene Q chamber.
FAQ ID -9029