Microscopy & Image Analysis Equipment
Micrscopes and image analysis equipment are workhorses in the laboratory. Although microscopy started out in the life sciences arena, unveiling the mysteries of cells and bacteria, almost every industry now takes advantage of its capabilities.
- Materials science
- Polymer science
- Semiconductors, and more.
Range of Microscopy Instrumentation
Optical microscopes use light illumination, lenses, and often a digital camera to magnify images, with a typical resolution limit of about 0.2 µm and magnification in the 1500× range for visible light. Types include stereomicroscopes
, compound microscopes
, and laser-based Raman systems
and fluorescence microscopes
, including laser scanning and spinning disk variations, permit live cell imaging. Options include upright versus inverted frame, and polarizing versus nonpolarizing light.
use an electron beam to illuminate samples, significantly enhancing resolving power. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
, with its 68-picometer resolution limit, has benefited from today’s lower-cost image processing and data storage. A particular benefit of scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
is its ability to give highly detailed depth of field at high magnification.
In scanning probe microscopy
, images of the surface of a sample are produced. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
, which uses a stylus to produce detailed 3-D images; atomic force microscopy (AFM)
; and near-field scanning optical microscopy
all fall under this heading.
Range of Microscope Accessories
A range of accessories including image analysis software, CCD cameras, filter wheels, and light sources support various types of lab microscopes.
Considerations when purchasing microscopy and image analysis equipment:
When considering solutions to advance your current instrumentation, key considerations can vary widely from one product type to another. Not all instrumentation performs in the same manner; imaging techniques vary from system to system. General considerations include: type, which is dependant on the application requirement; size, as the lab bench or lab space is a commodity; portability, as many applications are taken on-the-go outside of the traditional lab environment; resolution; and price point, some systems are quite affordable, while others require a more flexible laboratory budget.
Microscopy: An Advancing Technique
Microscopy is a growing market that continues to evolve; following are a few recent advances:
- Microscope attachments that permit nanomanipulation of individual cells and nanotubes
- Techniques that enhance the tissue engineering process
- New imaging methods such as multiphoton, TIRF, and super-resolution microscopy that have revolutionized cell biology.
Discover and compare lab microscopes and image analysis instrumentation from various manufacturers:
With the TS-4MP Thermal Stage, a specimen on a microscope ... read more
Eppendorf offers Cell Imaging Consumables in a variety of ... read more
Stereomicroscopes are optical microscopes that give a three-dimensional (3-D) view of a sample and ... read more
Late 16th century Dutch eyeglass maker Zaccharias Janssen and son Hans inadvertently invented the ... read more
Learn more about the new Greenough stereomicroscope from ZEISS and its many features from Alex Laschke.
In this video, Alex Laschke introduces the new Greenough stereomicroscope from ZEISS that is designed for heavy workloads. See features it offers that no other microscope of this class can.
The inVia confocal Raman microscope (Renishaw Inc., Hoffman Estates, Ill., www.renishaw.com) enables study of a wide range of samples with a broad range of Raman imaging techniques and offers complementary imaging options that make it easy to obtain needed chemical and structural information. read more
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
For the first time, a new technique that focuses diffuse light inside a dynamic scattering medium containing living tissue has been revealed by researchers. In addition, they have improved the speed of optical focusing deep inside tissue by two orders of magnitude. This improvement in speed is an ... read more
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
BioScope Resolve High-Resolution BioAFM System from Bruker incorporates proprietary PeakForce Tapping technology to enable researchers to achieve both high resolution imaging and piconewton level force measurements on biological samples. Real-time correlation of atomic force microscopy and optical ... read more
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Nikon Instruments Inc. is pleased to introduce the new Ti-diSPIM, an evolution in light-sheet imaging. The Ti-diSPIM combines selective plane illumination (aka light-sheet) with Nikon’s inverted research microscope to enable cell-friendly, high-speed 4D imaging while maintaining all of the ... read more
Monday, December 15, 2014
FEI and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have announced an expansion of their Living Lab for Cell Biology agreement that includes the installation of a complete correlative microscopy workflow in the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) on OHSU’s campus. This expansion adds a ... read more