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Posted: August 21, 2008
CytoViva Introduces Breakthrough Nanotechnology Research Tool: Hyperspectral Imaging Technology
(Nanowerk News) CytoViva Inc., a leading provider
of optical imaging solutions to the nanotechnology research market, has
integrated new hyperspectral imaging technology (HSI) with its advanced
nano- scale microscope system. This combination of technologies enables
scientists to make significant advances in a wide range of nano-medicine
and nanomaterials research initiatives.
Over the past three years, the CytoViva Nanoscale Microscope System
has been adopted by many of the leading nanotechnology research centers.
This includes world-class research hospitals such as Johns Hopkins School
of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as, government
laboratories within the FDA, NASA and NIH. This technology has received
wide acclaim, including two R&D 100 awards and a Nano50(TM) award.
Hyperspectral Imaging is a highly effective method for identifying the
presence of materials and biologicals based on their unique "spectral
signature." By incorporating HSI with the CytoViva Nanoscale Microscope
System, scientists can quantitatively confirm the presence of specific
nano-scale materials. HSI is unique in its ability to capture and report
this spectral data within each individual pixel of an image.
A primary application for this technology includes research of
nano-particles used as a targeted drug delivery vehicle for treating
cancer. With the CytoViva system, scientists can observe these
nano-particles as they are absorbed by the cancer cells and quantitatively
confirm this process through identification of the particle's unique
According to Chuck Ludwig, CytoViva President, "The development of our
hyperspectral imaging capability was driven by customer requirements to
quantify images from their CytoViva microscope system. Now these scientists
will be able to create spectral signatures of nanoscale materials as they
interact with biological or polymeric composites. In addition HSI can often
quantify the presence of materials not easily observed, even when using our
advanced optical microscope system."
The CytoViva HSI technology has its origins over the past two decades
within the Department of Defense. Primarily used in aerial reconnaissance,
HSI has been used extensively by the military to identify camouflaged
Further information may be obtained by calling CytoViva at (334)
737-3127 or by visiting the CytoViva web site at: http://www.cytoviva.com.