Cameras in Microscopy

cameras in microscopy

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It is estimated that the global market for medical cameras, which includes cameras used for surgical and diagnostic purposes, as well as for microscopy imaging, will reach a staggering $3.69 billion USD by the year 20211.

Microscopy cameras offer researchers a precise way in recording their observations through the use of a lens on the microscope that is capable of projecting an image into an array of pixels. When choosing what microscopy camera is best suited for your research needs, the choice will often be between three types of cameras including charge coupled devices (CCDs), electron multiplying CCDs (EMCCDs) and intensified CCDs (ICDDs).

As a leading developer and manufacturer of digital cameras and imaging solutions, Ottawa-based company Lumenera Corporation has historically provided a diverse range of scientific applications that exhibit superior qualities of strength, speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness in their products.

While Lumenera offers a wide range of microscopy cameras, their latest development of the INFINITY3-6UR offers consumers one of the highest sensitivities, speed and image quality results as compared to other microscopy cameras on the market.

With both bright field and dark field capabilities, as well as low light fluorescence, the INFINITY3-6UR is specifically designed for applications in histology, pathology, cytology, metrology, gel documentation, full slide imaging, quantitative imaging, and live cell imaging.

Since 1875, Toshiba has provided innumerable advancements in technology in products ranging from light bulbs to laptops.

As a pioneering company for medical imaging devices, Toshiba aims to create innovative devices that improve the health of patients through highly efficient imaging products that exhibit some of the most precise processing, sensor and image processing technologies available today.

In their joint effort with Canadian company ISee3D Inc., Toshiba and ISee3D have developed the IK-HD1 camera that delivers detailed and highly magnified objects in a completely 3D microscope imaging system3.

With simple integration into a wide range of surgical, clinical and industrial microscopy applications, Toshiba’s IK-HD1 exhibits a superior color reproduction, contrast and resolution speed that is integrated into a 3-chip CCD high definition camera.

By avoiding the typical need of using dual cameras to produce 3D microscopy image viewing, the IK-HD1 eliminates eye fatigue and ocular discomfort that is often associated with such dual camera usage.

Since its inception in 1997 by its two founders Jürgen Hartmann and Armin Vogt, IDS Imaging Developing Systems GmbH has emerged as one of the leading digital industrial camera manufacturers around the world.

With its applications found in robotics, medical technology, food technology, the automotive, packing and printing industries, security systems, and logistics, IDS cameras offer high resolution imaging products for a variety of useful purposes.

For microscopy needs, IDS’ uEye LE describes a family of cameras that collectively represent an ideal solution for embedded and automation systems. Through use of the USB 3.0 system, the uEye products include the USB 3 uEye CP, USB 3 uEye ML, USB 3 uEye LE and USB 3 uEye XC.

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USB 3 uEye CP: Equipped with a new generation of CMOS sensors that are designe to meet a diverse range of technical requirements, this high quality camera is integrated with an image buffer of 128 MB that is perfectly suited for applications requiring multiple cameras. An additional feature of the USB uEye CP is its standby mode, which reduces power consumption to a minimum in order to prevent excess usage.

USB uEye XC: With a particular focus in offering comfort to the consumer using the device for industrial applications, the uEye XC offers a digital zoom of 16 times, facial detection features, automatic white balance and automatic blacklight compensation.

In 2014, Raptor Photonics Limited, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance digital cameras, launched their first CCD cameras that could be used for fluorescence applications.

Based in Northern Ireland, Raptor Photonics is an innovative technology company that aims at revolutionizing the next generation of digital cameras that exhibit the greatest performance and quality measurements as compared to any other camera in its kind that is currently on the market.

Some of Raptor’s products for microscopy purposes include:

EMCCD Gen III: A New Generation: As one of the newest EMCCD cameras, whose release date has yet to be announced, the GEN III offers a highly sensitive and rapid way to gather images with a total readout noise of 0.01 electrons. With cooling temperatures being able to reach as low as -100 °C, the GEN III is measured to be three times faster than any previous EMCCD offered, both by Raptor and worldwide competitors7.

Kestrel EMCCD: As the fastest EMCCD currently on the market, the Kestrel can achieve 500 frames per second with an optimal image resolution that can be achieved even in low light imaging applications. With cooling temperatures as low as -95 °C, the Kestrel employs an ultrawide bandwidth ranging from 180 nm to 1100 nm, which demonstrates its quick response from UV to NIR8.

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Sources and Further Reading

  1. “The global medical cameras market is expected to reach USD 3.69 billion by 2021” – PR Newswire
  2. “Infinity3-6UR” – Lumenera
  3. “Toshiba Imaging Works with ISee3D to Develop 3D Microscopy System” – Toshiba Imaging Systems Division
  4. “IK-HD1” – Toshiba
  5. “USB 3.0 Industrial Cameras from IDS” – IDS
  6. “Eagle V CCD” – Raptor Photonics
  7. “EMCCD Gen III: A new Generation” – Raptor Photonics
  8. “Kestrel EMCC” – Raptor Photonics

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Benedette Cuffari

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After completing her Bachelor of Science in Toxicology with two minors in Spanish and Chemistry in 2016, Benedette continued her studies to complete her Master of Science in Toxicology in May of 2018. During graduate school, Benedette investigated the dermatotoxicity of mechlorethamine and bendamustine; two nitrogen mustard alkylating agents that are used in anticancer therapy.


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