IRVINE, Calif., May 10, 2011 — Toshiba Imaging Systems Div. has announced a customized software interface for Toshiba’s IK-TF7 three-chip color cameras that enhances fluorescence imaging in living retinal tissue. The release of Streampix 5 software by Norpix Inc. for Phoenix Research Laboratories Inc. features a built-in, long-integration button with a frame-time-selection window that enhances live-animal retinal imaging studies. The recently designed software has been successfully used with Toshiba’s three-CCD cameras by Phoenix Research to capture imagery from the retinas of mice and rats, performing highly sensitive, in vivo microscopy research. Using Toshiba Imaging’s IK-TF7 three-chip cameras with long integration time and low dark noise, the new software allows a collection of photons for several seconds or longer while imaging even fainter fluorescence in living retinal tissue. This new capability is expected to advance retinal regeneration studies that could lead to restoring vision in humans and to finding ways to prevent blindness. Streampix 5 makes it possible to view, control and acquire imagery from single or multiple cameras simultaneously, all in the same user interface. A complete management console for the cameras simplifies the setup, control and acquisition from any number of cameras. In this application, the new commercial software interface combines with Phoenix Research Lab’s Micron III, an advanced retinal imaging system that integrates Toshiba’s IK-TF7 three-chip cameras with synchro-scan mode. The sensitive imaging system for biology will permit more precision in cell location and promote safer experiments in the lab.