Machine Vision for Medical & Life Sciences

The Medical Industry are benefiting from the expanding use of digital image acquisition and processing with cameras being used widely within medical, microscopy, and life science applications. Regardless of whether you‘re looking at medical devices, laboratory automation or the operating room, in almost every field there are a multitude of everyday applications where cameras are a significant component.

As the industry convert from earlier analogue systems to more powerful and capable digital devices, so too does the expansion in the range of applications for image guided surgical and diagnostic systems. This is especially true for microscopy, ophthalmology, pathology, endoscopy, lab automation and biomedical research.

MEDICINE AND DIAGNOSTICS: Includes such as areas as ophthalmology, dermatology, dental medicine, and pathology.

OPHTHALMOLOGY: Demand for ophthalmic imaging solutions is increasing due to an aging population, early disease recognition and increased incidence of visual impairment. Typical applications include cornea and the retina measurement.

BIOMEDICAL MICROSCOPES:  Used for multi-colour imaging of live & fixed cells and tissue samples, as well as high-content screening. A variety of biomedical applications include Light Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Live Cell Imaging (Invitro Diagnostic) and Surgical & Diagnostic Microscopes.

LIVE CELL IMAGING (INVITRO DIAGNOSTICS): Insights into dynamic cellular processes, including development, movement, cell growth and transport processes within the cell, can only be acquired through observation of live cells and organisms.  One of the greatest challenges for the application is preserving life in the cells, tissue and organisms during the observational phase. Optimised camera systems make this task much easier.  Maximum imaging speeds and high sensitivities and resolutions are essential to avoiding unnecessary exposures and minimising photo-toxic effects.

FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY: Is a special form of light microscopy. It works by detecting the light emissions from special fluorescent dyes (fluorochromes) excited into re-emitting light through exposure to light of a specific wavelength. There are a variety of different fluorochromes, in fluorescent colours ranging from blue/purple to a long-wave red.

SURGICAL MICROSCOPES: Diagnostic and surgical microscopes are increasingly used in areas of medical diagnostics (such as ophthalmology, ENT and dentistry) as well as minimally invasive surgery and micro-surgery (including neurosurgery, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and spinal surgery).

INDUSTRIAL MICROSCOPES: Used in Laboratory Equipment and Automation in processes such as Light and Confocal Microscopy.

LIGHT MICROSCOPY: Many routine microscopic applications in biomedical and clinical laboratory settings, including histology, cell biology, hematology and medical microbiology, based on light microscopy employing various illumination and contrasting procedures.

CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY: Confocal microscopy is a special variant of light microscopy. It is often used for material analysis, in microelectronics or solar and semiconductor industries, for example for 3D topographical examinations, surface or thickness measurements.

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