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IXplore Spin
Confocal Imaging of rapid cell dynamics

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The spinning disk unit (YOKOGAWA CSU-W1) provides high-speed confocal image acquisition with a large field of view. Olympus cellSens software’s 3D deconvolution technology improves image resolution, contrast, and dynamic range, for striking high-speed 3D imaging.

*Image: Kidney Section Slide (Blue: DAPI, Green: WGA, Red: Phalloidin)


Designed for experiments involving live cells, the spinning disk (YOKOGAWA CSU-W1) reduces phototoxicity and bleaching. The Olympus real-time controller (U-RTCE) provides optimized device speed and precision during automated acquisition, while the Olympus Z-drift compensator (IX3-ZDC2) maintains focus at every frame, and reduces stress to the sample during data acquisition.

Learn more about the U-RTCE

Learn more about the IX3-ZDC2



The pinhole geometry of the Yokogawa CSU-W1 spinning disk produces excellent image contrast at greater depth for deep imaging. In addition, the IXplore Spin system combines high NA silicone oil objectives with ergonomic spherical aberration correction collar adjustment for excellent light gathering and dimensional fidelity. These elements make the IXplore Spin system the right choice for researchers who need to image living cells at high resolution without sacrificing speed, accuracy, or image quality.

*Image: HeLa cells (Green: Actin, Red: Tubulin)


The IXplore microscope system is designed to meet your evolving research needs. The SpinSR super resolution module is available as an upgrade to any existing Olympus IX83 microscope and can be configured to fit your budget. 

*Image: Fluorescent staining of microtubules (red: Alexa 594) and actin (green: Alexa 488 phalloidin) in growth cone of NG108 cells. Image courtesy of: Dr.Kaoru Katoh , Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology (AIST)

Learn more about the IXplore SpinSR microscope system

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Left: Confocal / Right: Super Resolution


The IXplore Spin laser combiner is scalable from two to six laser lines. A dual camera option is available to support simultaneous multi-channel imaging when higher speed and information bandwidth are required. Available excitation wavelengths include 405 nm, 445 nm, 488 nm, 514 nm, 561 nm, and 640 nm. 

*Image: Rat-kangaroo Epithelial Kidney cells (Blue: Nuclear, Green: Actin, Red: Mitochondria, White: Tubulin)


The stage-top umbra unit is designed to eliminate the effect of stray light on fluorescence imaging and observation. The unit blocks room light to enhance the contrast of fluorescence and provide clear fluorescence observation under bright conditions. 



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H. Ochiai, et al. Simultaneous live imaging of the transcription and nuclear position of specific genes. Nucleic Acids Research (June 19, 2016).

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I. Nemazanyy, et al. Class III PI3K regulates organismal glucose homeostasis by providing negative feedback on hepatic insulin signalling. Nature Communications (September 21, 2015).

K. Gooh, et al. Live-cell imaging and optical manipulation of arabidopsis early embryogenesis. Developmental Cell (July 9, 2015).

Y. Oda, et al. Rho of plant GTPase signaling regulates the behavior of arabidopsis kinesin-13A to establish secondary cell wall patterns. The Plant Cell (November 26, 2013).

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