Lonza’s CytoSMART 2 System for live cell imaging features an advanced optical system and powerful camera unit, which allows researchers to capture high-resolution images of their cell cultures. Images taken can be digitally enlarged two-fold to display more cellular detail for enhanced monitoring of cell cultures, migration assays, and differentiation experiments. The system is easy to setup and can take time-lapse recordings without having to remove cultures from the incubator. Since fluctuations in the surrounding environment can affect cellular behavior, capturing images from inside the incubator allows the cells to be exposed to constant conditions throughout the duration of an experiment.
Images taken with the system are transmitted to the CytoSMART Connect Cloud. This allows researchers to view their cells and download images from the CytoSMART Connect Cloud Project Page on a computer, tablet or smartphone at any time and from any location.
The system’s cell-confluency monitoring function prevents the need to determine confluency by eye to guarantee standardization across cultures. In addition, the device allows scientists to create automatic email alerts to notify them when cultures have reached a desired confluency without having to step into the laboratory. Data transfer from the device to the cloud via WiFi or LAN transmission and its ability to operate offline allow for flexible image recording and storage to effortlessly assimilate with different network setups.