Fluid Imaging Technologies: Innovative Imaging with FlowCam
Kent Peterson, President & CEO
Also known as a flow imaging microscope, a flow imaging particle analyzer performs three functions within a single instrument. It examines a fluid under a microscope, takes images of the magnified particles within that fluid, and then characterizes the particles using a variety of measurements. The first imaging flow cytometer for particle analysis, the FlowCam, was developed at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (BLOS) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and was designed to combine the benefits of digital imaging, flow cytometry, and microscopy into a single instrument. This technology has found many applications within the realms of oceanographic research, municipal water, biopharmaceutical formulations, chemicals, oil and gas, biofuels, and so on.
Founded as a spinoff from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Fluid Imaging Technologies manufactures industry-leading particle analysis instrumentation based on digital imaging technology. The company provides innovative imaging-based particle analysis solutions on a global scale with a world-class commitment to customer service, quality, and value with FlowCam being the company’s flagship product.
FlowCam gives over 30 different measurements for each particle, as quickly as the other systems give only one measurement - size
FlowCam can help in advanced research, ensuring quality, and increasing productivity and is the biggest differentiator that sets Fluid Imaging Technologies apart from the competition. FlowCam gives a detailed analysis results, available with microscopy at the speed of traditional volumetric techniques like flow cytometry, laser diffraction, and light obscuration. Most particle analyzers give a distribution of particle size only. “FlowCam gives over 30 different measurements for each particle quickly where the other systems give only one measurement that is size,” says Kent Peterson, CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies.
When looking at a uniform, homogenous sample of material, particle size distributions alone might be sufficient, however in the real world; most samples contain different types of particles. So, something more than just size is required to distinguish one particle type from another properly. The particle in the sample can be better analyzed with the VisualSpreadsheet™ software that enables particle shape measurements, color information, as well as gray-scale measurements. FlowCam also offers more advanced shape measurements – including circularity, convexity, fiber curl, and symmetry – which helps distinguish between particle types that may have almost identical sizes.
FlowCam has been leading the way in dynamic imaging particle analysis with installations in 50 countries and on every continent. The patented imaging technology has proved to be essential to oceanographers, water engineers, lab managers, process engineers and others working in a diverse array of organizations around the world. The FlowCam makes it possible to collect morphological data on individual cells in seconds that would otherwise take far too much time on other types of instruments.
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