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Olympus VS120® Virtual Slide Microscope System Now Offers Darkfield Illumination for Unstained and Fluorescent Specimens

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 15, 2012 – Olympus now offers researchers doing whole slide imaging the option of using darkfield illumination to image specimens on its high-performance VS120® virtual slide microscope system. The VS120, a robust whole slide imaging system that also offers brightfield and fluorescence illumination, is the only microscope-based virtual slide system that offers the darkfield option. Darkfield is useful for providing structural detail, particularly when observing non-stained specimens. The darkfield view can be used in conjunction with either brightfield or fluorescence for a deeper understanding of both structure and function.

The darkfield illuminator is particularly useful for brain imaging, Connectome mapping and other neuroscience studies, where many researchers prefer to use unstained samples. It provides additional useful tools for researchers using silver staining. The darkfield illuminator attaches to any VS120 or VS110 virtual slide system with a simple stage insert.

The VS120 virtual microscopy system scans up to 100 slides at a time at very high fidelity, so that users anywhere in the world can view and fully navigate high-resolution images of entire microscope slides or slide areas using a computer. It is designed for wide variety of research applications, and also has uses in training, education and archiving.

For more information on the Olympus VS120 whole slide imaging system and its darkfield option, contact product manager Pia Rinta-Panttila, Olympus America Inc. Email: pia.rinta-panttila@olympus.com, phone 484-896-5292, or visit www.olympusamerica.com/vs120darkfield.

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in its core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced research, clinical and educational microscopes and research and educational digital imaging systems;
  • Industrial research, engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments; and
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes.?For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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