At the 2015 Cell Biology ASCB Annual Meeting, Bruker (NASDAQ: BRKR) announced the release of the first quantitative super-resolution microscope, the Vutara™ 352. The Vutara 352 offers speed, imaging depth, and resolution to deliver significant advantages over competing approaches, now also adding real-time quantitative capabilities. For the first time, this represents an entirely new dimension of functionality in super-resolution microscopy, including the ability to perform pair-correlation, co-location, cluster, and live-cell analysis with super resolution.
The Vutara 352 is now also compatible with Bruker’s Opterra multi-point confocal microscope, creating a unique combination of super-resolution and confocal capabilities, where both instruments are designed for high-speed imaging. This enables the visualization of large-scale, high-resolution structural context in correlation with super-resolution imaging in even the most challenging live-cell applications.
“Single molecule localization techniques are unique in that the images are constructed from discrete, molecular-scale events,” explained Stephen C. Minne, Ph.D., General Manager of Bruker’s Fluorescence Microscopy Business. “Unlike any other super-resolution system, the Vutara 352’s new proprietary algorithms leverage this benefit, enabling researchers to conduct immediate quantitative analysis on their biology. Only the Vutara 352 utilizes the highest 3D resolution to quantify molecular co-location, or the fastest imaging speeds to identify, track, and quantify fluorescent clusters in live-cells.”
“The Opterra-SR confocal scanner has provided us with a significant enhancement to our Vutara system,” said Dr. Robert Hobson from the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. “We can now perform imaging across a range of modalities, including confocal imaging and super-resolution imaging. The fast deconvolution of confocal images provides us with a much clearer picture of samples of interest at high resolution to complement our super-resolution imaging. The addition of the quantitative analysis tools allows us to ask more detailed empirical questions and obtain more rigorous results.”
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