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Ongoing development of image cytometers

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Image cytometry is a method for quantitative cellular analysis using images generally captured on slides or microfabricated chips. The flowless nature of data acquisition in image cytometry allows the use of value components, such as light-emitting diode excitation sources or low-cost charge-coupled device detectors. Unlike flow cytometry, the stationary cellular samples can be exposed to lower-intensity light and utilize less sensitive detectors with higher exposure times. Images are acquired and data is processed using recognition software to identify, count and analyze cells. Current image cytometers cannot replicate the quality of the data from flow cytometers or fluorescence microscopes with full functionality and performance components. Yet, the production of inexpensive image cytometers for use in small laboratories and clinics has made a compelling argument.

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