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LV200 | Luminesence Microscope

Evident Life Science (Olympus Scientific Solutions)

LV200 | Luminesence Microscope

The Evident LV200 has been carefully designed for long-duration cell bioluminescence. A completely new optical design dramatically increases sensitivity and enables the detailed study of photosensitive cells and luminescence probes at high magnification. The built-in system for temperature control, humidity and gas flow helps to keep the cultured cells or tissue slices in a healthy condition throughout the observation period and the unique light-tight enclosure shields the sample and optics from any external light.


LV200 luminesence microscope overview

  • Cell-friendly Imaging: Luminescence comes from within the sample and is in turn non-toxic to the cells. There is also no background noise or autofluorescence to worry about. Luminescence is, therefore, the right light for live cell imaging.
  • Advanced Bioluminescence Microscopy: Luminescence has several potential benefits over fluorescence including better signal-to-background ratios due to the lack of background emission and no phototoxicity nor photobleaching, making it ideal for quantitatively following long-term changes in live cell systems. The observation of luminescence has previously been held back by a number of technical challenges. In the LUMINOVIEW LV200, Olympus has successfully developed a luminescence microscope system that overcomes these challenges and harnesses the power of bioluminescence imaging for the first time in a commercial system.
  • Overcoming the Limitations of Fluorescence: Fluorescence microscope and related techniques have many advantages, but also a number of limitations. Bioluminescence imaging has the potential to overcome these limitations. The unique optical design of the new Olympus LV200 brings together the advantages of fluorescence and bioluminescence to create a system capable of acquiring bright, high- resolution images.
  • Fluorescence: Fluorescent emissions tend to be short-lived and bright, requiring specific frequencies of light for excitation. As a result, this illumination is required at the time of imaging, which means that the optical system must be able to supply strong and fully controllable light at one wavelength and project the emitted light on a different wavelength to the user’s eyes and/or camera. Despite these relatively complex optical requirements, fluorescence techniques have flourished and are enabling groundbreaking discoveries in many research areas.
  • Bioluminescence Imaging: Luminescence emissions tend to have varying lifetimes and are often quite faint, but due to the lack of background or fluorescence they can be measured with a high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio. This makes luminescence ideal for applications where there is strong autofluorescence, such as whole animal imaging or in samples containing various compounds from chemical libraries. The in vivo imaging systems and microplate luminescence readers have shown great success in these areas.
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