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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Lens-free microscope


At SPIE Photonics West 2016 in San Francisco, 13-18 February, imec will demonstrate a *lens-free microscope for large field-of-view live imaging at micrometer resolution.

Imec's on-chip lens-free microscope can be integrated into life sciences and biotech tools, targeting multiple applications such as label-free cell monitoring, automated cell culturing, or autom0taed highthroughput microscopy.

Compared to conventional optical microscopes, lens-free digital microscopy removes the need for expensive and bulky optical lens components to acquire and visualize microscopy images. In a lensfree digital microscope, images are captured on a CMOS image sensor, and digitally reconstructed using software.

Imec's lens-free microscope features a comparable micrometer-scale accuracy as traditional optical microscopes. While being much smaller and less expensive, imec's microscope captures a larger field-of-view in one shot, enabling shorter sample processing times. The lens-free microscope paves the way to new applications with living cells and tissues.

*image shown is a prototype