Industry News: Smart Microscopy from ZEISS Simplifies Routine Biomedical Lab Work

New concept promises efficient digital documentation of microscopic samples

11 Jun 2019

Smart Microscopy from ZEISS is a new concept for the routine digital documentation of microscopic samples. The microscopes ZEISS Axiolab 5 and ZEISS Axioscope 5, as well as the microscope cameras ZEISS Axiocam 202 mono and ZEISS Axiocam 208 color, can be combined to form a Smart Microscopy system that is designed to take away a large share of the workload from the users. It automatically adjusts many of the required settings, thus digital documentation of microscopic specimens becomes easier and more efficient.

Efficiency and quality are key

It takes time to acquire detail-rich, true-color images of biomedical specimens. Users have to repeat the same steps again and again and adjust the settings of the microscope and software. The constant switch between microscope and PC is labor-intensive and time-consuming.

Acquiring detail-rich images in true color at the touch of a button

With PC, tablet or as a stand-alone solution, the ZEISS Smart Microscopy system automatically adjusts brightness and white balance to keep digital documentation simple. Users place the sample, find their region of interest, then press the ergonomic Snap button on the stand to acquire the image. All elements are within reach and can be operated with one hand, including the stage drive, focus buttons, light intensity control, and the Snap button. Users focus on the sample through the eyepieces and don't even need to take their hands away from the microscope stand. The system documents the sample reproducibly and precisely as users see it through the eyepieces – detail-rich and in true color. The correct scaling is always included automatically.

In addition to the documentation of stained samples in transmitted light, the system also facilitates work on specimens with multi-colored fluorescence markers. Users combine ZEISS Axioscope 5 with the high performance LED light source Colibri 3 and the sensitive, stand-alone microscope camera ZEISS Axiocam 202 mono to have the perfect setup. The ZEISS Smart Microscopy system then takes over and automatically adjusts the excitation intensity and exposure time, acquires the image, switches the channel and starts again. Users get their overlaid multichannel fluorescence image including scale bar.

Operating ZEISS Smart Microscopy with the ZEISS Labscope imaging app is ideal for connected microscopy and standard multichannel fluorescence imaging. Using ZEISS ZEN imaging software enables users to perform advanced imaging tasks.

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