Past generations of cell biology researchers knew that you couldn’t have it all: you could either enjoy the unique capabilities of cell sorting to identify and sort out specific cell subpopulations at high speed and sensitivity, or you could content yourself with the detailed imagery and functional insights offered by two photon microscopy. But both functions in the same device? Inconceivable!
Not anymore – the revolutionary Imagestream flow cytometer combines both sets of capabilities, providing the enterprising researcher with applications that simply cannot be achieved in any other way.
The system is a compact, multispectral, imaging flow cytometer. It is capable of acquiring up to a dozen channels of cellular imagery – and that means not simply providing numerical data of specific parameters, as the FACS does, but also providing many digital images per sample. In this way, the imagestream integrates the cell specific data of microscopy with the statistical power of flow cytometry. As with FACS, fluorescence intensity measurements are performed via a conventional flow cytometer, but the ability of the system to localize and quantify signal distribution on and between cells offer a much broader range of applications.
Up to 5,000 cells per second can be analyzed with real-time intensity compensation – perfect for uncommon cell analysis. This advantage is further amplified by the high efficiency of the system – over 95% of the sample is utilized and can be recovered for further uses and analysis. User interface is surprisingly simple and intuitive, allowing even raw PhD students to rapidly complete their learning curve and make the most of the system. As your research, and budget, grows, you can expand the potentiality of the system with a wide variety of add-ons.
Merkel stands ready to explore your options, and structure the option best for you.