cell^M - Key Features

cell^M - Imaging Station

Fast imaging for live cell microscopy

The cell^M imaging station supports the Olympus IX and BX microscopes and consists of the all-in-one illumination System MT10, highly sensitive digital cameras and PC-independent hardware control. The cell^M imaging software is a powerful all-embracing platform that features the Experiment Manager: an intuitive and user-friendly graphical interface to set up experiments in a convenient and concise way.



  • Multi-fluorescence 3D time-lapse imaging
  • Reduced Photobleaching
  • Graphical experiment set-up
  • Data archiving, processing and analysis

  Multi-functional all-in-one illumination system MT10

The MT10 contains a fast filter wheel (minimal switch 85 ms) with 8 positions and a fast attenuator with 7 grades of illumination intensity. The built-in shutter has an on/off time of less than 5 ms to reduce off-acquisition photobleaching. Two types of light sources are optional: a high-stability 150W Xe arc burner or a very stable 150W Hg/Xe mixed gas arc burner. The light is coupled via a single quartz light fibre into the microscope 

  Digital Cameras: high resolution and sensitivity

Besides the XM10, several latest-generation interline
transfer CCD models of reputable manufacturers are supported. For low-light acquisition electron multiplier CCD (EM-CCD) and back-thinned CCD cameras can be used

  cell^M imaging software for acquisition, documentation, processing, and analysis

The all-embracing platform offers a host of processing and analysis functions and several unique features: the Experiment Manager – an intuitive graphical interface for experiment planning, set-up and execution; Spectral Unmixing – a unique tool for colour resolution enhancement; a sophisticated, structured database for archiving and documentation

  Experiment Manager – intuitive graphical experiment planning, set-up and execution

This very easy to learn, clearly structured interface allows an intuitive assembly of experiment plans based on drag&drop assembly of icons that represent simple commands, groups of commands or entire sub-experiments. Individual exposure times, attenuation values and ROIs can be set for each image acquisition command. Experiment plans are automatically stored together with the image data in the database