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Imaging is vastly used in life science applications. Thanks to performant objectives, life can be studied at different scales, ranging from microscopic (sub-cellular) to macroscopic (full organism) levels.

High speed low-light cameras in the visible range enable high performance imaging, for various applications ranging from super-resolution applications (that require the rapid acquisition of multiple frames) to Raman spectroscopy.

Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) imaging is often referred to as NIR-II imaging in the life science community. Thanks to low scattering and low tissue autofluorescence in this range, NIR-II imaging allows deep, non-invasive, high-resolution detection of in vivo or ex vivo tissues. With the recent and growing development of contrast agent and dyes that emit at higher wavelength, more and more applications can be targeted.

First Light Imaging’s cameras are C-Mount: they can be easily mounted on most existing microscopes.

In vivo small animal imaging in the NIR-II range. Back head view of a nude mouse after intravenous injection of IndoCyanine Green (ICG). Acquisition parameters : high speed SWIR camera C-RED 2 cooled down to – 40°C, High gain, 200FPS (5 ms integration time). 808 nm excitation. Raw image, no post-processing applied. Credits Optimal Grenoble.

Monitoring of ear vasculature in the NIR-II range (ICG fluorophore, 808 nm excitation). Acquisition parameters : high speed SWIR camera C-RED 2 cooled down to – 40°C, High gain, 20FPS (50 ms integration time). Raw image, no post-processing applied, false color display. Credits Optimal Grenoble.

All our cameras can be used for life science applications. In the SWIR range, our clients privilege C-RED 2 for research on biomarkers and fluorescence micro and macro-scopy. Its easy integration, adjustable cooling temperature and performant on-the-fly image corrections are real assets. For some specific applications, C-RED One may enable you to detect extremely low signals. In the visible range C-BLUE One is the perfect choice for high-resolution microscopy applications which require simultaneous high speed and high sensitivity.


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First Light Imaging offers high speed low noise scientific cameras, from UV and visible to short wave infrared.