What are the features of digital microscopy systems?

Microscopy systems require the microscope itself, a selection of suitable lenses, a light source and, in some cases, filters and polarising lenses depending on whether coloured dyes or contrast procedures are being used. The special requirements of the application are crucial for determining which microscopy camera and image processing software are best suited.

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The digital microscopy camera provides a microscopic image in an optimal way using image data. This image data can then be recorded, stored, displayed, printed or embedded in documents. Special PC software is then used to process or analyse the image data digitally. The images provided by the digital microscopy camera can easily be displayed on a large monitor and therefore can be used for live demonstrations or observation purposes.

Nowadays, image processing is found in a wide range of optical microscopy applications. Some examples of this are medical and biological research, diagnostics, testing of medicinal products, or material sciences.

Microscopy provides direct access to studying the structure and function of the most diverse objects. However, using only one method it is only very rarely possible to obtain all the information necessary. Consequently, many different microscopy technologies offering numerous presentation options and resolutions were developed.