High-throughput just got more accessible!
TriTek announces the AutoComet III, automatic image acquisition, and cross-platform data analysis system designed specifically for the high-throughput comet assay. This self-contained multi-slide hotel and imaging robot accommodate 20 standard microscope slides. Patent-pending LightTight™ construction, coupled with an optimized illumination scheme and intensified digital camera, extends comet life without the use of anti-fade. Additionally, illumination is removed automatically when cells are not being imaged to preserve fluorophore performance.
Image acquisition is accomplished through the use of proprietary auto-segmentation algorithms. Comets are also scored automatically using published and accepted equations. Results are stored in an internal, GLP-compliant database, allowing secure review and analysis via third-party internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera, Safari) on virtually any operating system (Windows, MAC, Linux, Unix).
The AutoComet™ is an automatic comet assay system designed and built by TriTek Corp. This high-throughput system is optimized for unattended collection and snapshot analysis of Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis (SCGE) data. The system steps to each sample area locate single cells, measure each cell, and records the results automatically. Patent-pending LightTight™ hardware design coupled with a high-sensitivity digital camera extends comet emission lifetime while auto-segmentation and auto-scoring algorithms increase the statistical reliability of the assay.
The AutoComet™ improves statistical confidence over manual systems by reducing fluorophore fading, doubling camera resolution, acquiring larger sample sizes in less time, and objectively determining head position. Well, statistics are computed automatically, yielding a comprehensive picture of the experiment that includes means and standard deviations in an at-a-glance format.
The workstation consists of a state-of-the-art microscope, precision motorized stage, motorized sub-micron resolution focus, cold-light epifluorescence illumination system, high-sensitivity digital video imaging system, and a current-generation personal computer with TriTek-developed hardware interface, image processing algorithms, and database software.
The robotic microscope is contained within a 15″ wide x 17″ deep x 15″ high enclosure with a darkened interior to preserve the intensity of the fluorescing cells. The system employs a minimized intensity illumination source coupled with an optimized lens solution to maximize the time a cell can be observed without a loss in detail due to light-induced fluorescence quenching. Increased camera sensitivity provides the capability to maximize the acquisition of fluorescence from a cell to improve confidence in the metrics. To preserve fluorophore performance, illumination is removed automatically when cells are not being imaged.
|Technical SpecsLight-Tight™ Optical Microscope
Cold Light Illumination
Personal Computer & Monitor
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