NEWS
Pathology Imaging

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Many pathology and histology samples lend themselves particularly well to the technique of mosaic automation applied in optical microscopy. Large area high resolution scans may be derived from any sample that can be examined by an optical microscope by the application of the latest computer techniques to both stage control and imaging functions. A high resolution image of a section of the human eye is shown by way of an example though the actual 1Gb of data cannot be viewed due to the limitations of website imaging in practice.

LightScope Imaging


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Available with rigid or flexible probes, each with integral battery powered illumination, the new LightScopes offer distortion free viewing at inherently lower cost. Focus range is adjustable from 10mm to infinity and with c/mount compatibility all LightScopes may be interfaced to our mobile video or digital recording systems. Rotational side view adapters are provided with all probes which further enhance the value and range of use of this instrumentation.

DataLink Imaging

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Cambridge Technology clients have the option to use our secure online image database facilities cost free. Archiving images in this way extends data availability to all password holders who have access to the internet at any location worldwide. Membership applications will also be welcomed from anyone engaged in professional imaging. For an active appreciation visit - www.archivelabs.co.uk

Analytical Imaging
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Machine vision techniques for multiple high speed measurement can not only be used in online video applications but also for high resolution offline purposes in optical and scanning microscopy. Comparative achievable resolutions in each area are as follows-

Video - 5 microns | Optical - 1 micron | Scanning - 100nm

The image shown indicates typical multiple simultaneous diameter measurements taken without operator intervention.


Mosaic Imaging

This technique provides the opportunity to extend any camera or microscope performance in terms of achievable resolution and field of view available. By producing seamless composites of multiple adjacent fields of view in micro-imaging a considerable gain in effective resolution is achieved over larger areas. No loss of image linearity occurs as digital recognition only allows precise pixel by pixel integration - a mosaic extended image is shown (overlay images - 'mouse over for extended image')


Deep Field Imaging
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During its introduction period we are making Deep Field Imaging Software available free with our Digital Imaging Kits for Optical Microscopes. These kits normally comprise a video or digital camera, C mount/lens interface, high performance realtime capture card and archive software. However, Deep Field Imaging Software will also enable users to produce 'infocus' composite images from a partly focused series. The composite example image on the right is made up by integrating the two images on the left while giving priority to best detail or resolution. The technique can accommodate any number of images when encountering shallow field depth in optical microscopy. Systems are available for:
NIKON OLYMPUS ZEISS LEICA REICHERT

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Stereo Imaging

The performance of our StereoStage75 Unit has now been extended to provide three forms of Stereo Imaging:

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Tilt left/right will enable conventional anaglyphs to be produced, as the example micrograph of vertebral section shows. You will need a simple red/green viewer to appreciate the stereo/depth, obtainable free on e-mail request

(2) Calibrated rotational/tilt can provide dynamic series stereo visualisation within a computer, for example, when our Mosaic Archiver forms part of the system.

(3) Rotational stereo about a constant 30 degree tilt angle is a useful manual function and often provides greater appreciation of small solid objects. This type of imaging can also be recorded and dynamically viewed by computer.

Forensic Imaging

Utilising a unique single MacroLens capable of imaging life size subjects & also micro-detail up to 50x magnification, the new Z700 Mobile is finding many applications in forensic studies due to its wide performance range & easy portability.

The example microprints taken from the Z700's integral digital archive unit demonstrates how both footware patterns & in this case a piece of broken glass, can be visualised, recorded and identified.


FireWire Imaging

High performance 1394 cameras are well suited to demanding applications where extreme


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reliability and precision are required over extended periods, for example, in our microscope automation systems described earlier. Shown here is the QICAM 12 bit Colour FireWire Camera often used in these applications and which is also recommended where these parameters are important or even critical to the success of the system performance, particularly where every scan must be retained.

MicroCam Imaging

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Recent advances in the performance level of USB Digital Cameras now provide a lower cost means for the microscopist to enter the world of digital imaging without the need for special interfaces. Two recommended versions of this technology are the CTX130 (1280x1024) and the CTX330 (2048x1610) colour cameras. Both are twain compatible and are provided with a range of software facilities useful in micro-imaging - email technical support is included.


Lenticular Imaging

 
By using dual computer graphics and a lenticular monitor any two images can be combined to produce autoscopic three dimensional projections without the need for viewing glasses. Viewing the familiar stereo-pair takes on a high level of realism and having the convenience of these images available in digital form means that the libraries of increased data content and projections can be easily achieved. The standard system comprises a double matrix 1024x768 colour monitor and compatible graphics card which is suitable for personal viewing. However, there is also higher performance double 1280x1024 screen system for research and teaching environments.


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