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Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader


Modular digital microscopy and multi-mode detection, each with independent optical components

Combined digital microscopy and multi-mode detection
Cytation 5’s patented design incorporating automated digital microscopy with filter- and/or monochromator-based multi-mode detection is configurable – add modules as your research requirement change over time. Along with Gen5 software, Cytation captures both phenotypic and quantitative data within a single experiment.


Patented Hybrid optics: sensitivity of filters, flexibility of monochromator

Patented Technology
Cytation 5’s hybrid optical design offers filter-based fluorescence optics for high transmission and high sensitivity, while the available monochromator optics offers convenience and assay flexibility. Multiple fluorescence measurement modes include fluorescence intensity, time-resolved fluorescence and fluorescence polarization.


Variable bandwidth monochromators optimize fluorophore detection

Variable bandwidth monochromators
The bandwidths of the monochromators in Cytation 5’s fluorescence detection module are selectable from 9 nm to 50 nm, in 1 nm increments. Variable bandwidths allow you to optimize detection conditions for fluorophores that have unique excitation or emission parameters, for example, a narrow Stokes shift, to provide better performance than conventional monochromators.


100 mW Alpha Laser: Speed and performance-based excitation for Alpha assays

100 mW Alpha Laser
Laser-based excitation offers the power required to get great sensitivity and fast reading speeds, which are critical for Alpha assays.


CO2/O2 control, incubation and shaking for live cell assays

Live cell assays
Cytation 5 is well suited for live cell assays, with temperature control to 65 °C, plus linear and orbital shaking. A gas controller module is available to help regulate CO2 and O2 levels in the system for longer-term live cell requirements. A dual reagent injector provides quick inject/image capability for observing fast reactions.

Label-free cell counting for cell proliferation studies

Label-free cell counting
It’s fast and simple to count live cells using the available high contrast brightfield option. Higher contrast allows a direct and label-free method for object identification using Gen5 software to count cells and characterize cell proliferation in kinetic studies.

Modular and upgradable

Label-free cell counting
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Cytation 5 is a modular system, with imaging optics and multi-mode optics available in a variety of configurations and upgrade paths. The separate modules ensure excellent performance in imaging and all detection modes, without compromise Choose imaging only, with available phase contrast. Or, add filter- and/or- monochromator-based fluorescence and luminescence, UV-Vis absorbance along with available laser-based Alpha detection.


Peltier Cooling Module maintains environmental stability for uncompromised assay integrity

Peltier cooling module
The Peltier Cooling Module promotes a rapid interior cool down after incubated processes, to allow efficient switching between multiple applications without unwanted temperature influences. For temperature sensitive assays typically run at ambient, or room temperature, the Cooling Module maintains environmental stability within Cytation, allowing < 1 °C rise in ambient temperature, regardless of external and internal temperature fluctuation.