Olympus has launched the Cell Counter model R1 as a cost-effective solution that saves time and simplifies the cell counting process.
Accurate cell counts are important for a variety of research applications, including regenerative and drug medicine.
Rather than relying on a human operator to manually count cells using a counting chamber, the Cell Counter model R1 standardises the process with fully-automated cell counting and detailed reporting.
The R1 uses innovative liquid lens autofocus technology, which mimics the way the human eye focuses. Its software includes a unique algorithm for accurate automated cell counts in as little as 15 seconds.
Featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display with an intuitive interface, the R1 software is easily optimised and incorporates cell size and roundness-based sorting capabilities, the ability to identify live and dead cells, clumped cell declustering, and an automatic dilution calculator.
Users have the ability to easily adjust minimum and maximum cell size so that only the desired cells are detected. Counts can be displayed as a histogram for analysing certain size cells based on size distribution.
The R1 can store up to 1,000 counts and 300 different cell protocols for quick set-up and counting for routine culturing procedures.
Result reporting is straightforward and available at-a-glance without the need to write down detailed settings. Counts are saved as CSV files that can be exported using a portable USB drive. Alternatively, for more comprehensive reporting, count results and images can be saved together and exported as either a TIFF or PDF file.
The Cell Counter model utilises disposable slides with two chambers so that each slide can be used to make two separate cell counts. Operators simply place a droplet of cell sample into a chamber on a special slide and place it in the cell counter. Dimensions are (W × D × H) 195 mm × 237 mm × 272 mm, with a weight of 2.1 kg.