Clinical Microscopy System Offers Adaptable Features
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Date Added: 22nd October 2010
The new BX3 range of upright clinical microscopes, features the BX46 ergonomic screening microscope and the BX43 system microscope. As with the BX2 range (which was hugely successful), the BX3 is not only extremely adaptable, but it also incorporates the advanced Olympus UIS2 optical components, which allows it to deliver the highest level of imaging flexibility via ergonomic operation.
With a range of features, the Olympus BX3 has undeniably raised the bar in clinical microscopy:
Advanced LED Illumination
The all new true-color LED illumination system boosts a unique wavelength profile, in order to provide a color rendering index which matches that of a halogen bulb with a daylight filter. This makes it perfect for high color clarity across the full range of bright-field stains - something which is not possible when using standard LED illumination.
Additionally, the system is controlled by means of a Light Intensity Manager (LIM), which automatically adjusts the light intensity to levels defined by the user, thus eliminating the need for manual adjustments. In addition to true-color capability, users can benefit from the extended life-span (approximately 20,000 hours) and significantly reduced power consumption associated with LEDs.
The BX3 microscopes are available with the world's first tilting/telescopic/lifting observation tube that provides adjustment for eyepiece tilt, tube extension (backwards/forwards) and lifting of 45mm.
Another noticeable feature of the BX46 is the low stage which is only 128 mm above the desk surface and is completed with ergo-grip controls. As this allows operators to keep their arms firmly on the desk surface, movements are kept to a minimum, and users will even notice how little effort is required in order to position and place a slide. This all goes a long way in helping users to set up the system in the most ergonomically friendly way. With users not having to make continual adjustments, the screening process becomes that much more efficient.
Optically in a league of its own
In addition to integrating the UIS2 optical components, the new BX3 range has also been optically optimised in order to improve efficiency. For example, there is no longer a need for a swing-top lens, simply because the wide-range condenser accommodates magnifications from 2-100x. This does away with some of time-consuming steps of microscope screening, thereby improving efficiency.
The BX3 range also includes coded nosepieces and mirror turret modules so that operators can automatically record and share setting information and microscope magnification - whether this be for comparing, measuring or for scaling images. This readout provides the correct meta-data automatically to the Olympus labSens software packages, and also to a standalone DP21 digital imaging camera, thereby ensuring no errors are made when documenting images.
The BX3 range of clinical microscopes is not only perfect for all the current clinical requirements, but it's also ready for whatever the future may bring. Because of its design, the BX43 can facilitate several capabilities such as outstanding fluorescence imaging, for which a unique fly-eye lens system provides unparalelled illumination homogeneity.
A complete range of Olympus digital imaging cameras are available for the BX3 in order to meet all imaging requirements, and users can automate a range of bespoke features by taking advantage of the various motorisation options. In simple terms, this means operators can create a system based around their specific needs, and it can be done with ease.
Consultancy and training
In a clinical environment, consultancy and training are crucial, and this is something Olympus is fully aware of, hence the reason why they offer customisable, dual-observation and multi-discussion units which are designed for lab conferencing. Furthermore, if these are installed in conjunction with a digital imaging camera and the labSens software, the microscopes can also serve as netcams. The 'NetCam' solution uses standard TCP/IP protocols in order to transfer live images as well as stored images from one source to any number of sources over the entire network.