MDS Analytical Technologies (Sunnyvale, CA) offers a significant advance in high speed imaging technologies from its Molecular Devices business with the MetaMorph ICS (Integrated Confocal System ), in partnership with VisiTech International, a manufacturer of confocal hardware. This turnkey, confocal microscope is the first of its kind in the imaging industry. This unique microscope combines the Molecular Devices' MetaMorph software with the VT-Infinity 3 2D-array laser confocal scanner from VisiTech International. This combination is designed to meet the growing demand for imaging rapid changes within cells and then analyzing these changes in multiple dimensions.
The microscope has matched micro-lens and pinhole arrays to achieve optimum performance and a single, double-sided galvanometer mirror to scan the sample, de-scan the fluorescent light returned from the sample, and re-scan that fluorescent light into the camera to create multi- dimensional, confocal images in real-time. This capability is especially useful in such areas as cardiac research.