BioStation CT Concept
In the culture and observation of cells, conventional equipment places stress on valuable cell lines, risks contamination, and can lead to decreased cell viability. The BioStation CT automatically conducts operations from culture to observation of cells under optimal conditions in the same incubator, according to a user-configured schedule. Moreover, culture condition records are saved with image data for worry-free culture of important samples.
Cell viability is dependent on the performance of the CO2
incubation system. Nikon's BioStation employs powerful functionality for stable environmental control of CO2
, temperature, and humidity, reducing stress on cells, thereby enhancing viability.
- Temperature Management - Direct heating system that accurately maintains a constant temperature is employed for temperature management. Sheet type heaters built into the incubator's six sides directly control the temperature.
- Humidity Management - Humidification system is employed for humidity management. The risk of contamination, common in standard incubation sytems, has been reduced through the use of an air jet.
- Reduction of Stress on Cells - An access gate is used to minimize transient environmental fluctuations when placing samples in the carrier. The access gate is a much smaller area then the entire incubator door.
- Accurate Records of Environmental Changes - The control unit is equipped with a computer that records environmental changes along the time axis. It allows secure management of three major elements (temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration) of the incubator and saves environmental changes linked to images as a log.