Optical Modules enhance live cell imaging performance.

Press Release Summary:

Extending capabilities of customizable IX3 inverted microscope frame, interchangeable optical modules promote usability and accuracy via motorized components. Swappable deck design allows modules to be exchanged into accessible infinite light path, adapting microscope to user requirements. Functionality provided by these modules fosters optimization for range of live cell imaging applications, including in-vitro fertilization.

Original Press Release:

Extended Flexibility and Performance in Live Cell Imaging

Olympus introduces new advanced optical modules for increased flexibility in its inverted microscope frame design. The IX3 series can now be further optimised for a wider range of live cell imaging applications including in vitro fertilisation, with motorised functionality for accuracy and easy operation.

Hamburg — Extending the capabilities of the fully customisable IX3 inverted microscope frame, Olympus has expanded its range of compatible, interchangeable optical modules. Ease-of-use and accuracy are vastly improved via new motorised components, which also present a cost-efficient means to gradually upgrade to a fully motorised microscope system.

The IX3 series, with its unique “open source” design offers a completely modular and flexible system. With a swappable deck design similar to a chest of drawers, optical modules are easily exchanged into the accessible infinite light path, moulding the IX3 microscope to the diverse requirements of the user.

Building upon this expandability, the new range includes a motorised right side port with C-mount (IX3-RSPCA) allowing access to additional components such as detectors and light sources that can be directed into the infinite light path, delivering greater freedom in time-lapse studies and live cell imaging techniques. The Olympus motorised fast filter wheel (U-FFWEM) can now also be integrated into the infinite light path using the new Olympus optical breadboard (IX3-EMDECK) deck adaptor platform. Motorised filter wheels can seamlessly switch between fluorescent channels in just 60 milliseconds, ideal for photomanipulation experiments. To further improve the performance of these studies, the new excitation light measurement module (IX3-EXMAD) directly measures and records light intensity across the sample, for improved reproducibility and accurate quantitative analysis of light stimulation.

Further optimisation of the IX3 frame enables full motorisation of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), facilitating the highly accurate IVF workflow. The dedicated motorised middle long working distance condenser (IX3-MLWCDA) offers motorised adjustment for optimum contrast, and is compatible with all necessary IVF observation methods (DIC, relief-contrast and polarisation).  Fully motorised DIC observation is now also possible with the DIC prism slider (IX3-DICTA). This facilitates not only micromanipulation workflow but is also interesting for time-lapse studies involving fluorescence and DIC observation in parallel.

The ever-expanding range of optical modules for the Olympus IX3 series allows the microscope systems to continue to grow alongside evolving demands of the research environment.

For more information, please visit www.olympus-europa.com.

Please contact:


Ralf Schäfer (Marketing Communications Manager Microscopy)

Olympus Europa Holding GmbH,

Hamburg, GER

Tel: +49 (0) 40 23773 5913

Fax: +49 (0) 40 23773 505 913

E-mail: microscopy@olympus-europa.com

Web: www.microscopy.olympus.eu


Victoria Coupe (Account Manager)

Alto Marketing,

Southampton, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1489 557 672

Fax: +44 (0) 1489 559 246

E-mail: victoriac@alto-marketing.com

Web: www.alto-marketing.com

Olympus media contact in the USA:

Ilene Semiatin

Edge Communications Inc.

White Plains, NY 10605



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