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Tropical Medicine
the study, control and prevention of diseases that occur in tropical and subtropical regions

The study, control and prevention of diseases that occur in tropical and subtropical regions

Microscopy remains the cornerstone of diagnosis for tropical infections. Nikon’s ergonomic Eclipse Ci clinical upright microscopes and POL polarizing microscopes offer an important diagnostic tool in the identification and monitoring of parasites in blood, urine, stools, cyst and sputum samples, as well as contaminated food and drinking water specimens. Telepathology/cytology technologies also greatly assist in real-time assessment of biopsies by pathologists in remote locations, in training, and archiving specimens. Nikon’s Digital Sight series cameras and DS-L3 imaging system enable clinics to implement telepathology with ease. Basic research on the dynamic interactions between pathogens and their hosts has developed rapidly, leading towards a better understanding of pathogenesis, epidemiology, virulence and drug and vaccine development. Advanced imaging experiments to determine pathogen-host relations can be carried out with ease on Nikon’s Eclipse Ti inverted microscope, the Eclipse Ni upright microscope, the AZ100 Multizoom upright zoom microscope and the powerful A1+/A1R+ confocal laser scanning microscopes and A1 MP+ multiphoton confocal microscope systems. For monitoring infected cells with minimal perturbation to culture conditions, researchers can use Nikon's BioStation CT and IM-Q incubator-imaging system, which provide environmentally controlled incubation with integrated, automated microscope imaging. High throughput imaging screens for drug development can be easily carried out with Nikon’s high content imaging system which not only provides automated image acquisition but also automated analysis whose results can intelligently drive acquisition parameters. 

Imaging Challenges

How can I minimize exposure to dangerous biological agents?

Many of our imaging systems have been installed in biosafety level 3 and 4 facilities where dangerous biological agents can be safely contained.  Nikon also offers many long working distance lenses that minimize contact between the sample and instrument and help prevent cross contamination.  Nikon’s telepathology system which utilizes networking capabilities of the DS-L3 system also enables real-time data sharing with large groups while minimizing direct exposure to researchers/clinicians.

SOLUTION
DS-L3 Controller

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