How Infrared Microscopy Works & How We Save You Time & Money
Whatever your infrared imaging device requirements might be, the Excedr lease program can accommodate your lab’s equipment needs and model preferences. Don’t hesitate to reach out today and see how leasing can save you time and money.
All equipment brands/models are available
Here are the advantages of Excedr’s IR microscope leasing program:
- Eliminates the upfront cost of buying equipment by leasing and lets you enjoy the benefits of having manageable payments over time instead
- Payments may be 100% tax deductible*, which yields you significant cash-savings
- We minimize instrument downtime with our complete repair coverage
- Minimal instrument downtime because we cover repairs and service visits
- Excedr handles the admin work associated with equipment procurement and maintenance
- With the capital saved through our program, labs are better able to reinvest in their core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.
Infrared radiation, or IR, refers to a type of light that is not visible to the human eye.
More specifically, it describes light that has wavelengths around 700 nanometers (nm) to 1 millimeter. It is called infrared because it lies along the “red” portion of the electromagnetic spectrum as opposed to ultraviolet radiation, which has shorter wavelengths than IR and exists along the violet portion of the spectrum. Though IR is not perceivable to humans through sight, it can be experienced by humans through touch. Heat is the most commonly encountered IR source, which is why IR is also known as heat radiation. IR has been used for a range of scientific purposes including night vision, meteorology, astronomy, communications, and imaging.
IR microscopy is a technique that employs IR to aid in magnifying objects that would normally be invisible to the naked eye. In typical IR microscopy, a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer is used with an optical microscope equipped with an IR detector. The use of FTIR spectroscopy is why it is also referred to as FITR microscopy. A focal plane array detector is an example of one such detector. Used frequently for chemical imaging, IR microscopy is able to analyze chemicals with an IR spectroscopy in different regions resulting in a spatially resolved image. The contrast in these images is obtained by analyzing how different areas of a chemical compound react to specific IR wavelengths. Like most microscopy techniques, IR microscopy is diffraction-limited, however, there are several sub-diffraction IR microscopy techniques that have been developed.
IR Imaging Types, Techniques, & Cost
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FTIR spectroscopy is a well-established technique used to analyze a substance’s makeup by analyzing the materials IR absorption and emission characteristics. The Fourier transform of FTIR refers to a specific mathematical principle that takes raw data and translates it into its corresponding spectrum. In IR microscopy, an FTIR spectrometer is used for spectral analysis while the detector works to image the sample. When this imaging occurs it defines specific regions as pixels. Each pixel’s spectra is analyzed by the spectrometer.
Focal-Plane Array Detector
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A focal-plane array, or staring array, is an image sensor that uses an array of light-sensing pixels at the focal plane of the microscope. The detector works by first picking up photos of specific wavelengths and then creating an electric charge that is proportional to how many photons it detected. This electric charge is then analyzed and used to construct an image. This specific type of detector is able to gather up to 16,000 pixels simultaneously which allows for IR imaging.
Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs)
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IR microscopy is an extremely powerful imaging tool for scientists and will continue to be so in the future, however, it can take a full day to analyze the data gathered. This makes IR microscopy fairly limited in its usefulness in the clinical setting. A team of researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) simplified this measurement step and reduced the analysis time from a day to a few minutes. They were able to achieve this by using quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). Unlike conventional IR microscopes, QCL-based IR microscopes are able to employ only a single frequency which cuts down on the measuring and analyzing phases. These QCL-based IR can be used in the label-free classification of cancer tissues. In a study of 110 tissue samples, this method proved to have 96 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity when compared to histopathology, the gold standard for cancer diagnosis. A rapid cancer diagnosis is vital in cancer treatment. The earlier doctors can diagnose it the better the chances that the patient will have positive treatment options.
Regardless of your needs, IR microscopes can be vital to your lab’s success. Do not let the procurement of this piece of equipment financially cripple you. Whether you want to finance an IR microscope or leaseback a fluorescence microscope, we can help you. Contact us by calling (510) 982-6552 or filling out our contact form and we can talk about your leasing options in depth.
We Offer IR Microscope Leases to Fit Every Need
This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.
If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.
FTIR Manufacturers & Models on the Market
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Nicolet iN5, Nicolet iN10, Nicolet iN10 MX
Lumos, HYPERION Series
Spotlight 200i, Spotlight 400, Spotlight 400N
Cary 610, Cary 620
IRT-5000,IRT-5200, IRT-7000, IRT-7200, IRT-1000
NT-MDT Spectrum Instruments:
NETGRA Nano IR
Santa Barbara Imaging
Quantum Focus Instruments Corp. (QFI):