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IXplore SpinSR
Confocal super resolution for all live cell samples

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Left: Confocal / Right: Super Resolution


Resolve confocal images down to 120 nm XY resolution using the confocal technique and Olympus super resolution (OSR).

*Image: Stress fibers of Hela cell: Antibody staining with Phalloidin-Alexa488 (green) for actin, Alexa 568 (red) for myosin heavy chain. Image courtesy of: Keiju Kamijo,Ph.D. Division of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, TOHOKU Medical and Pharmaceutical University


Fast imaging using a spinning disk confocal and fast super resolution processing enable a live display of samples. The viability of cells during confocal time-lapse imaging is prolonged thanks to less phototoxicity and bleaching in 3D.

*Movie: GFP-EB3 at the tip of elongating microtubules in HeLa cell.
Image courtesy of: Dr.Kaoru Katoh , Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology

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Wide Field
Super Resolution


Users can easily switch between 3 modes (widefield, confocal, and super resolution).

*Image: Odf2 staining (Alexa 488) of cilia at the upper part of the basal body. Image courtesy of: Hatsuho Kanoh, Elisa Herawati, Sachiko Tsukita,Ph.D. Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences and Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University.


Accurate 3D reconstruction as the refraction index of silicone oil is close to that of your live sample medium.

60X Silicone Oil Objective
60X Standard Oil Objective

Super Resolution
Super Resolution with 3D Deconvolution


Get clear images using Olympus’ deconvolution algorithm.

*Image: Mouse kidney tissue stained with Alexa488


Through improved detection, specific hardware settings and signal processing, Olympus has realized improved contrast with super resolution. The Olympus SpinSR technology realizes lateral (XY) resolution down to 120 nm.


Get multi-color imaging without using specific dyes.

*Nuclear pore complex of Hela cell
Nup153(Alexa 488: green), Nup62(Alexa 555: red)
Image courtesy of: Hidetaka Kosako, Fujii Memorial Institute of Medical Sciences, Tokushima university

*Mitotic spindle at metapahse cell
HeLa cells derived from human cervical cancer were fixed and stained for α-tublin(microtubules,red) and Hec1(kinetochores, green),respectively. DNA was stained with DAPI(chromosomes,blue). Chromosomes interact with microtubules constituting mitotic spindle via kinetochores assembled on centromere region of chromosomes.
Image courtesy of: Masanori Ikeda and Kozo Tanaka, Department of molecular oncology,Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer



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A. Nagasawa-Masuda and K. Terai, “Yap/Taz transcriptional activity is essential for vascular regression via Ctgf expression and actin polymerization,” PLoS ONE 12(4), e0174633 (2017). 

H. Nakajima, et al., “Flow-Dependent Endothelial YAP Regulation Contributes to Vessel Maintenance,” Dev. Cell 40(6), 523-536.e6 (2017). 

K. Tateishi, et al., “Three-dimensional Organization of Layered Apical Cytoskeletal Networks Associated with Mouse Airway Tissue Development,” Sci. Rep. 7, 43783 (2017). 

E. Herawati, et al., “Multiciliated cell basal bodies align in stereotypical patterns coordinated by the apical cytoskeleton,” J. Cell Biol. 214(5) 571-586 (2016). 

M.-T. Ke, et al., “Super-Resolution Mapping of Neuronal Circuitry With an Index-Optimized Clearing Agent,” Cell Rep. 14(11) 2718–2732 (2016).

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