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Ikaros

Karyotyping Platform

The karyotyping system Ikaros combines an intuitive graphic user interface with a variety of powerful on-screen karyotyping tools to provide highest flexibility.

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Description

The Fast and Convenient Routine Karyotyping System

The flexible system architecture of Neon and Ikaros simplifies the adaptation of karyotyping workstations to any workflow. Neon Ikaros is network-ready and comes as a complete stand-alone system, or as a dedicated workstation either for capturing, analysis, review, or for database maintenance. Ikaros is renowned for its ease of use, flexibility and power. The main reason for its outstanding performance is a remarkable collection of intelligent features, which make it the safest and best system of its kind.

The system combines an intuitive graphic user interface with a variety of powerful tools to provide the flexibility required analyzing even the most complex metaphases. Designed to minimize the number of interactions, Neon Ikaros ensures amazingly fast results, and it is recognized as the fastest system of its kind.

The flexible system architecture of all MetaSystems products simplifies the integration of Ikaros workstations in any given workflow. The unique configuration management allows user specific individualization in terms of style and function. In complex network installations, global settings can be administered by a Neon supervisor account and are globalized with just one mouse click.

The software supports many different banding techniques and resolutions. Numerous pre-defined karyogram and idiogram forms for human, animal, and plant chromosomes are available. The possibility to create individual templates with the integrated karyogram form editor makes Ikaros applicable to many different fields of research. The possibility to run chromosome comparisons by chromosome classes or by karyograms facilitates the on-screen analysis of chromosome. Aberrant chromosomes can be easily illustrated with the ‘Cut and Join’ function for idiograms.

Original images are stored as they have been captured – there is no need to keep different copies of the same image. Any change of case and image data is automatically recorded by Neon. This guarantees a perfect audit trail of all activities, but it also allows going back to the original image or to intermediate processing stages at any time. Thus, there are no irrecoverable mistakes: every single step towards the final result is traceable and, if required, reversible.

Preparing a karyogram with Ikaros is extremely easy. On chromosome separation, object contours are shown in different colors to facilitate distinction between separated and adjacent chromosomes. Clusters of chromosomes are separated with a convenient paintbrush function, and separated chromosomes are display lined up to identify and separate remaining touching and overlapping chromosomes. Automatic chromosome classification based on user-trainable banding classifiers let the assignment of chromosomes to classes be a matter of a few seconds.

Order Information

Ikaros is available in various configurations. Each single configuration can be used as a building block to compose an optimally configured multi-user environment. Please ask MetaSystems or your local MetaSystems representative for recommendations on the best configuration for your requirements.

  Camera Model Hardware Included Microscope Required
Ikaros Stand-Alone System MetaSystems CoolCube 1m
1360 x 1024 pixels; 6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
2/3" CCD™, monochrome
PC for Ikaros and Isis Systems
Computer Peripherals
Manual or motorized microscope with
trinocular tube and C-mount camera adaptor
(not included)
Ikaros Workstation None PC for Ikaros and Isis Systems
Computer Peripherals
No
(Requires network connection
to a full Ikaros or Metafer system)
Ikaros Image Acquisition System MetaSystems CoolCube 1m
2336 x 1752 pixels; 5.5 μm x 5.5 μm
1" CCD, monochrome
PC for Ikaros and Isis Systems
Computer Peripherals
Manual or motorized microscope with
trinocular tube and C-mount camera adaptor
(not included)

Of course all versions of Ikaros and Isis can be combined on the same system. The list above is not exhaustive, and technical data may change. Please contact your MetaSystems representative for further explanations and details.

 

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