Leica HCS A package for high-content screening

Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 | Supplied by: Leica Microsystems Pty Ltd



Leica Microsystems has extended its automated high-content screening solution to cover applications on wide-field fluorescence systems. The HCS A package enables fast and efficient multi-position experiments - from automated image recording routines to complex multi-dimensional high-content screening experiments with simultaneous image export for immediate analysis by external analysis software.

With the computer aided microscopy (CAM) interface, the screening experiment can be remote controlled from other software packages. Intelligent algorithms can analyse images on the fly and send the new target coordinates and recording parameters via the CAM interface to the screening system, depending on the result of the analysis. The wide-field or confocal system switches immediately from the primary scan to a predefined high-resolution secondary scan. The CAM interface therefore makes the system a highly efficient and flexible tool for a number of applications including rare-event detection.

Based on the LAS AF Matrix M3 software, the package also offers flexibility for defining screening patterns. It can be used for microtiter plates, chambered coverslips, spotted arrays, tissue microarrays, petri dishes and lab-on-a-chip applications. The single positions can be combined with different recording parameters. The complete parameter settings can also be transferred by LAN for use by all other HCS A screening systems.

The software platform offers a number of modules and functions that enhance the efficiency of the imaging system. The starter packages contain simple processes such as automatic composition of separate images (mosaicing) or multi-well plate screening in 2D or 3D. More sophisticated requirements are served by software-supported auto foci for drift compensation for each individual position, single-object tracking using a motorised stage to follow the sample or automated immersion medium feed for water objectives to take just a few examples.

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