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Hyperspectral Imager Boosts Biomed Research

NEWTON, Mass., March 14, 2014 — A new hyperspectral imaging system offers identification and analysis of complex microscopic samples in real time.

Developed by Bodkin Design and Engineering, the VNIR-90 Hyperspectral Imager microscope can capture full spectral images within fixed tissue, live-well and in vivo biological samples at the frame rate of the detector array. This allows imaging at video rates of up to 60 frames per second, which translates to immediate identification and analysis of the samples.

Traditional hyperspectral imagers capture data over a period of time. However, a faster process is necessary for research involving objects such as live tissue, which require high-speed sampling and enhanced accuracy.

The new microscope uses Bodkin’s HyperPixel Array technology, which combines spectral data with spatial information to create 3-D hyperspectral data cubes at video rates. This gives researchers the ability to visualize more than 90 spectral bands simultaneously at the maximum signal-to-noise ratio and without motion artifacts.

This imaging device can be used with any microscope, and its technique also allows users to observe the chemical changes that are associated with processes such as blood flow, mitosis, apoptosis and endocytosis.

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