ZEISS Lightsheet 7 Allows Multiview Imaging of Both Living and Cleared Specimens

New Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscope Introduced

Jena/Germany | 24 March 2020 | ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

Light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) with its unique illumination principle allows fast and gentle imaging of whole living model organisms, tissues, and developing cells. The high stability of ZEISS Lightsheet 7 enables researchers to observe living samples over extended periods of time – even days – with less phototoxicity than ever before. The new light sheet microscope can also be used to image very large optically cleared specimens in toto, and with subcellular resolution. The dedicated optics, sample chambers, and sample holders of ZEISS Lightsheet 7 can be adjusted to the refractive index of the chosen clearing method to observe large samples, even whole mouse brains.

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Researchers can use the exceptionally stable ZEISS Lightsheet 7 to observe living samples over extended periods of time, or to image large optically cleared specimens.

Imaging Optically Cleared Specimens

Choosing an optical clearing method depends on the type of tissue, fluorescent labels, and the size of the sample itself. ZEISS Lightsheet 7 is designed to match a multitude of conditions. Specimens with a size up to 2 cm, with a refractive index between 1.33 and 1.58, and in almost any clearing solution can be accommodated. The stable turnkey system allows acquisition of overview images as well as of data with subcellular resolution. Researchers can now perform fast and gentle LSFM imaging of optically cleared organoids, spheroids, organs, brains, or other specimens.

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Illumination principle of ZEISS Lightsheet 7

Observing Live Samples – Fast and Gently

ZEISS Lightsheet 7 now features the high-quantum efficiency of pco.edge sCMOS detectors to enable observations of the fastest processes at the lowest illumination light levels. Scientists are able to obtain a real-life view of large samples without the adverse effects of excitation light on their biology. For vertically oriented specimens and highest frame rates, the CMOS detector ZEISS Axiocam 702 can be used. A special sample chamber provides heating, cooling, and CO2 to maintain the optimal environment for live-cell experiments. Adding Multiview and triggering options to control external devices makes it possible to observe live processes in an almost unlimited range of organisms.

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Image of a mouse kidney with ZEISS Lightsheet 7 detection optics 5× / 0.16foc. 3D whole organ imaging and computational image analysis help to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of various kidney diseases, e.g. diabetic nephropathy. © Sample courtesy of U. Roostalu, Denmark

More Flexibility for Broader Application Range

ZEISS Lightsheet 7 brings LSFM imaging a step further to tackle a broad range of applications with best image quality. Newly designed optics and sample chambers allow users to adjust the optics to the refractive index of their samples. The new sample holder makes mounting larger specimens easier. Smart software tools assist in defining imaging parameters, such as light sheet and sample positions, the right zoom settings, tiles and positions as well as data processing parameters. All these new features go hand in hand with the reliable ZEISS combination of cylindrical lens optics and laser scanning to generate the illumination light sheet. The patented Pivot Scan technology delivers artifact-free optical sections for best possible image quality.

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Vaibhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64-3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com

About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 6.4 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2019).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

With over 31,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 sales and service companies, 30 production sites and 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is the world's only one-stop manufacturer of light, electron, X-ray and ion microscope systems and offers solutions for correlative microscopy. The portfolio comprises of products and services for life sciences, materials and industrial research, as well as education and clinical practice. The unit is headquartered in Jena. Additional production and development sites are located in Oberkochen and Munich, as well as in Cambridge (UK) and Pleasanton (USA). ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

Press Contact

Vaibhav Sinha
ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
Phone: +49 3641 64-3949
vybhav .sinha @zeiss .com

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