Metafer

Scanning and Imaging Platform

Metafer conveniently automates a wide area of image analysis applications in microscopy for life sciences.

Due to Metafer's modularity and its flexible architecture it is applicable to a large variety of applications. More than 1,500 Metafer scanning platforms are worldwide in use as metaphase finders, FISH signal counters, toxicology workstations, sample digitizers, and more.

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Description

Metafer adds slide scanning functionality to a Neon system. It scans specimen of various sizes, uses many different contrasting methods and magnifications, and finds many different target objects. Due to Metafer's modularity and its flexible architecture, it is applicable to numerous applications, including cytogenetic diagnostics, hematology, pathology, toxicology, forensic sciences, and many more.

Of course, automated imaging saves time. But even more important is reproducibility, achieved by applying clearly defined standards to any analysis - slide by slide, experiment by experiment, and patient by patient. This way Metafer adds an unbiased degree of quality to your results. Complex analysis systems tend to be cumbersome and difficult to understand. Metafer is much different: unlimited access to all data, convenient display of results, and full control of all evaluation parameters guarantee that results are generated exactly the way you want. Slide scanning becomes extremely easy with Metafer.

Each microscopic sample is different: automation of analysis therefore demands flexibility. Metafer’s unique concept provides a powerful solution: user-trainable classifiers precisely define the analysis standards, and with the selection of the appropriate classifier the system is quickly switched to the next assay.

Metafer grows with demand. Software and hardware are modular, and with higher workloads the level of automation can be increased; optional features such as the SlideFeeder x80, the automated Bar Code Reader, and the automated Immersion Oil Dispenser are easily added upon demand.

Order Information

Metafer is a highly flexible system with many options, and every application has certain hardware and software requirements. A number of different software modules and hardware options are available. Please contact MetaSystems to receive a detailed recommended system configuration for your applications. In general, Metafer comes with 1 of 4 different camera models and with a motorized stage. A full Metafer system requires a motorized microscope. MetaSystems typically delivers the microscope with the system, but Metafer can also integrate with existing, compatible microscopes.

  Camera Model Hardware Included Microscope Required
Metafer4
Complete Metafer System
(Monochrome Version)
MetaSystems CoolCube 1m
1360 x 1024 pixels; 6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
2/3" CCD, monochrome
PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Carl Zeiss AxioImager.Z2
(ScopeLED LED lightsource
for brightfield recommended)
Metafer4
Complete Metafer System
(Color Version)
MetaSystems CoolCube 1c
1360 x 1024 pixels; 6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
2/3" CCD, color
PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Carl Zeiss AxioImager.Z2
(Not recommended for
fluorescence imaging)
Metafer5
Complete Metafer System
(Monochrome Version)
MetaSystems CoolCube 2m
2336 x 1752 pixels; 5.5 μm x 5.5 μm
1" CCD, monochrome
PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Carl Zeiss AxioImager.Z2
(ScopeLED LED lightsource
for brightfield recommended)
Metafer5
Complete Metafer System
(Color Version)
MetaSystems CoolCube 2c
2336 x 1752 pixels; 5.5 μm x 5.5 μm
1" CCD, monochrome
PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Carl Zeiss AxioImager.Z2
(Not recommended for
fluorescence imaging)
Metafer Review Station
(System for remote
reviewing of Metafer data)
None PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
No
(Requires network connection
to a full Metafer system)
Metafer Analysis Station
(System for remote
reviewing of Metafer data
and for virtual scanning)
None PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
No
(Requires network connection
to a full Metafer system)
Relocation System ReloSys4
(System for motorized remote
relocation of Metafer objects;
standard resolution version)
Optional PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Yes
(Any motorized or manual microscope with C-mount)
Relocation System ReloSys5
(System for motorized remote
relocation of Metafer objects;
high resolution version)
Optional PC for Scanning Systems
Computer Peripherals
Motorized Stage
Yes
(Any motorized or manual microscope with C-mount)

The list above is not exhaustive, and technical data may change. Please contact your MetaSystems representative for further explanations and details.

Solutions

For special applications, a variety of software upgrades are available. Software upgrades require a functional Metafer system and a defined main module, which provides the basic tools required for the scan.

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