Posts tagged ‘Imaging’

Fluorescent Cell Imaging Simplified

September 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Video Tutorial: Perfect Your Quantitative Western Blotting

Are you getting the most from your western blot data? Does Imaging technique matter? Film or Imager? In this video, we describe a methodology to obtain reliable quantitative data from chemiluminescent western blots using standardization procedures coupled with the updated reagents and detection methods. For the best resolution, watch the video in full screen at HD resolution.

June 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Which camera is best for chemiluminescent detection?

As illustrated in the chart below, there are numerous methods for documenting your western blotting results. In this post we will review the use of charged couple display (CCD) cameras for chemiluminescence detection of western blots. The information is reprinted from the Protein Blotting Guide from Bio-Rad Laboratories. Click on the picture to enlarge the chart.

Charged couple display (CCD) imaging is the easiest, most accurate, and rapid method for chemiluminescent detection. CCD cameras are versatile systems that image both gels and blots, and operate with either trans-illumination provided by light boxes (visible or UV) positioned underneath the gel for imaging a variety of stains (Coomassie, silver, fluorescence) or epi-illumination of blots detected using colorimetric or fluorescence techniques. Different illumination wavelengths are available for multiplex fluorescence immunodetection. CCD cameras can also be used without illumination to detect luminescent signals. Supercooled CCD cameras reduce image noise, allowing detection of faint luminescent signals.

CCD cameras have a linear response over a broad dynamic range — 2–5 orders of magnitude — depending on the bit depth of the system. CCD cameras also offer convenience by providing a digital record of experiments for data analysis, sharing, and archiving, and by eliminating the need to continually purchase consumables for film development. CCD cameras also approach the limit of signal detection in a relatively short time. For example, the VersaDoc™ MP 5000 imaging system can reach the limit of detection of a given experiment in <1 min, compared to 30 min required by Kodak Bio-Max film for the same experiment.

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January 30, 2012 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

Video Tutorial: Analyzing Images with Image Lab Software

In a previous video tutorial, we showed you how to acquire an image using Image Lab software from Bio-Rad Laboratories. In this video, you will learn how to use the software to analyze images. Please note that in addition to analyzing images acquired by the program itself, Image Lab software can also analyze images captured by other programs such as Quantity One. Also, the software is not licence protected and can be installed on any computer in your lab.

For ideal viewing, please maximize the video window by clicking on the full screen button in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen.

January 18, 2012 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

Don’t be manipulated by your imaging data

Have you ever heard the term “ignorance is bliss?” Not in science. For scientists, ignorance is death! Yet many of us rely on the accuracy of our lab equipment without actually knowing how they work. For example, did you know that not all imaging systems provide you with accurate data?

Scientific data collected with an imaging device can be true or altered. Alteration of imaged data is used to create an impression of more data retrieved than is actually collected.

Don’t be fooled by your imaging data! Read Not all bits are created equal to understand more.

September 22, 2011 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Bio-Rad Introduces Gel Doc™ EZ, the First Gel Documentation System to Give Results at the Push of a Single Button

Easy-to-Use System Produces Publication-Ready Images in Seconds

Hercules, CA — Sept. 2, 2010 — Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of the Gel Doc EZ, a compact gel documentation system that provides publication-quality images and analysis in seconds — with just the push of a button.

Users of the system include researchers who perform DNA, RNA, and protein electrophoresis as well as western blotting.

“Market surveys indicate that gel imaging users’ greatest frustration is the level of difficulty associated with using the systems that are currently available,” said Ryan Short, Marketing Manager for Imaging Systems at Bio-Rad Laboratories. “The traditional response from providers has been to develop systems with more specifications rather than to consider what’s really important to customers, which is ease of use. With the Gel Doc EZ imaging system, we’ve made imaging easy without sacrificing quality or accuracy.”

The Gel Doc EZ imager requires no training for first-time users and provides automated push-button functionality. This eliminates the need for researchers to manually manipulate filters, lenses, or lighting, thereby minimizing the potential for human error.

In addition, the new system may be expanded to meet a variety of imaging applications. The imager allows the use of multiple application-specific trays, including a UV tray for imaging fluorescent stains such as ethidium bromide, a white tray for imaging colorimetric stains such as Coomassie blue, a blue tray for imaging SYBR® Green- stained DNA, and a stain-free tray for imaging proteins separated by electrophoresis on Bio-Rad’s Criterion® TGX Stain-Free™ precast gels. The Gel Doc EZ imager is the only gel documentation system capable of imaging stain-free gels, an advanced gel technology that condenses traditionally long staining protocols down to a five-minute activation and imaging process.

Researchers performing SDS-PAGE and staining with Coomassie blue can spend more than two hours after electrophoresis to get properly stained protein bands. Most staining protocols include multiple manual stain and wash steps. Stain-free technology eliminates this bottleneck and allows scientists to generate results faster.

The Gel Doc EZ imager’s compact size frees up benchspace. The entire system is 27 cm wide by 38 cm high (10.6 by 15 in.), about a third of the size of the Gel Doc XR+ system.

September 14, 2010 at 11:52 am 1 comment

Image Lab Software Image Acquisition Tutorial

Image Lab Software is Bio-Rad’s next generation imaging software which drive the gel doc XR+ and Chemidoc XRS+

In this video Dr. Sean Taylor will show you how to acquire an image using the image lab software.

February 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm 1 comment


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