CellVoyager CQ1 enables 3D imaging and quantification of live cell clusters, such as spheroids within a 3D culture vessel, as they are, keeping the cells intact. CellVoyager CQ1 exports feature data in general formats which are readable by various third-party software for advanced data analysis. It is possible to construct a fully customized CellVoyager CQ1-based system by integrating with external systems*1, via robot for culture dish handling.
CellVoyager CQ1 System Highlights
|Excitation laser wavelength||405 nm, 488 nm, 561 nm, 640 nm|
|Objective lens||2x to 60x
(Dry, Phase contrast, Long working distance)
|Camera||High-sensitivity sCMOS camera|
|Autofocus||Laser autofocus, Software autofocus|
Enables measurement of spheroids, colonies, and tissue sections
- No need to remove cells from the culture dish, in contrast to traditional flow cytometry
- Nipkow spinning disk confocal technology allows high-speed yet gentle 3D image acquisition
- Rich feature extraction to facilitate sophisticated cellular image analysis
- Wide field of view and tiling capability enables easy imaging of large specimen
Enables analysis of time-lapse and live-cell
- High precision stage incubator and low phototoxicity of our confocal makes the analysis of time-lapse and live-cell are possible
- Max.20fps option for fast time lapse*1
High-quality image and similar operability to a traditional flow cytometer
- Feature data and statistical graphs displayed in real-time with image acquisition
- Usable high-quality image as confocal microscope image.
- Easy to trace back to the original image from a graph spot, and make repetitive measurements
- Connectable with external systems via handling robot*2
- Expandable to the integrated system as image acquisition and quantification instrument
- FCS/CSV/ICE data format readable by third-party data analysis software
- A variety of cell culture and sample dishes are applicable
Compact footprint, lightweight bench-top device; no need for a darkroom
|CQ1||General fluorescent imaging||Flow cytometry|
|Cell removal/suspension treatment||Not necessary||Not necessary||Necessary|
|Cell image confirmation||Possible||Possible||Not possible|
|Display feature data and graphs in real-time with imaging||Possible||Depends on devices||Possible|
|3D data measurement||Possible||Not possible||Not possible|
|Time lapse||Possible||Not possible||Not possible|
*2 Contact to CQ1 partner for more information
Multiple functions fully integrated in a compact box
Compact design contains fully integrated multiple functions to offer easy-to-handle confocal imaging system, without a need for complicated system integration. You only need to set a sample and run the software. User-friendly interface and versatile functions support your measurement and analysis.
Principles of the Microlens-enhanced Nipkow Disk Scanning Technology
A Nipkow spinning disk containing about 20,000 pinholes and a subsidiary spinning disk containing the same number of microlenses to focus excitation laser light into each corresponding pinhole are mechanically fixed on a motor, and very rapidly rotated. As a result, a high-speed raster scan of the excitation lights on the specimen can be achieved. The pinhole and microlenses are arranged on each disk in our proprietary design to optimize the raster scan. Multi-beam scanning not only increases scanning speed but also results in significantly lower photobleaching and phototoxicity because multi-beam excitation needs only a low level of laser power on the specimen to fully excite fluorescence.
System integration with CellVoyager CQ1
The stage heater controls the temperature, humidity, and CO₂ / O₂ concentration of the sample environment to maintain the incubation environment and enable time-lapse imaging.Using 3D time-lapse imaging, detailed reactions of intracellular organelles and dynamic movements such as cell migration can be captured and analyzed without missing a beat.Combined with a special gas mixer, time-lapse imaging is possible for up to 72 hours.
|Controllable temperature range||Room temperature +5 – +17 ℃, Max. 40 ℃|
|Settable temperature resolution||0.1℃|
|Temperature stability||< ±1 ℃
(Setting: 37 ℃, room temperature: 23 ℃ ± 2 ℃, measured point: center and 4 corners of 96 wells microplate)
|Time to stabilize temperature||1 hour|
|Humidit||Humidifier with a water bath unit Manual water supply (No automatic water supply)|
The gas mixer for CellVoyagerTM CQ1
Analysis software (Option)
High content analysis system CellPathfinder*1 Click Here For More Info!
- Preset analysis menus for a variety of applications
- Flexible graph functions to display analysis results
- Direct link between chart and object imageMachine learning
Software learns the features of the sampleobjects collected by users.
DPC*2 function is a powerful tool to analyze unstained bright field samples.
*1 Optional software
*2 Digital phase contrast
Example of setup
|Optics||Microlens enhanced dual wide Nipkow disk confocal,
Phase contrast (Optional add-on)
|Laser/Filter||Laser : Choose 2-4 lasers from 405/488/561/640nm,
10-position Filter wheel (built-in)
|Camera||sCMOS 2000×2000pixel, 13.0×13.0mm|
|Objective lens||Max.6 lenses
(Dry: 2x, 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x Long working distance: 20x, 40x
Phase contrast: 10x, 20x )
|Sample vessel||Microplate (6, 24, 96, 384 well), Slide glass,
Cover glass chamber, Dish (35, 60mm)
|XY stage||High-precision XY stage, designated resolution 0.1µm|
|Z focus||Electric Z motor, designated resolution 0.1µm|
|Autofocus||Laser autofocus, Software autofocus|
|Feature data||Number of cells/cellular granules, Intensity, Volume, Surface area, Area, Perimeter, Diameter, Sphericity, Circularity, etc|
|Data format||Measurement data format: Original format (CQ1 format, CV8000 format), captured image format (16bit TIFF - OME-TIFF format)
Output image format: TIFF (16bit, 8bit), PNG, JPEG
Output video format: WMV, MP4
Output numerical format: FCS, CSV, ICE
|Fast time-lapse (Option)||Selectable from Max.100fps or Max.20fps|
|Workstation||Measurement and analysis workstation|
|Gas Mixer (Option)||Long-time model : CO2 concentration 5 - 18 %
Hypoxia model : CO2 concentration 5 - 20 %, O2 concentration 0.1 - 18 %
|Size/weight||Main unit : 600×400×437mm 44kg
Utility box : 275×432×298mm 18kg
Gas Mixer (Option) Long-time model : 275 x 432 x 298mm, 9.3kg
Gas Mixer (Option) Hypoxia model : 160 x 260 x 187mm, 5.2kg
|Environment||Main unit and Utility box : 15 - 35℃, 20 - 70 % RH No condensation
Gas Mixer (Option) Long-time model : 15 - 30℃, 20 - 70%RH No condensation
Gas Mixer (Option) Hypoxia model : 20 - 30℃, 10 - 85%RH No condensation
|Power consumption||Main unit and Utility box : 100-240VAC 800VAmax, Workstation : 100-240VAC 950VAmax
Gas Mixer (Option) Long-time model : 100 - 240 VAC, 60 VAmax
Gas Mixer (Option) Hypoxia model : 100 - 240 VAC, 50 VAmax
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targetingM-cell cycle phase.
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