Mass Spectrometry & Spectroscopy

Insights on molecular level

Apr 05 2017 Read 893 Times

Shimadzu’s iMScope TRIO* revolutionary technology combines an optical microscope together with a mass spectrometer. It is applied to cutting-edge R&D and identifies what users see at the molecular level. iMScope TRIO features extensive functionality for structural analysis through highly accurate MSn analysis.

Wide range of R&D applications in various industries

With three proprietary features (mass spectrometry imaging, integration with optical images, and qualitative analysis), the iMScope TRIO targets applications in life science research organisations, universities, pharmaceutical companies and food as well as manufacturing industries. The iMScope TRIO unique tool covers versatile applications:

  • At research organisations and in medical applications, it identifies disease-specific markers based on differences in molecular distribution in normal and diseased tissues (biomarker discovery).
  • In the pharmaceutical marketplace, it focuses effectiveness in pharmacokinetics analyses elucidating the distribution of drugs or their metabolites, pharmacological mechanisms, toxicity testing and others.
  • In the food industry, it monitors the amount of effective ingredients.
  • In manufacturing, it supports stable production of high quality products, e.g. in surface inspection.

Shimadzu is pursuing cooperative research with research agencies to develop more applications for basic research including cancer research and brain function analysis, drug delivery systems (DDS), metabolomics, forensic medicine and lipid analysis. Together with the National Cancer Center in Japan, cutting-edge research results have been obtained that are expected to contribute to ultra-early
diagnosis of diseases and drug discovery.

Best in world features

The iMScope TRIO is capable of overlaying observation images from an optical microscope and molecular distribution images obtained by mass spectrometry under atmospheric pressure conditions of ionization which feature a high resolution of 5mm or less, the best in the world. This enables detailed analysis of regions of interest, including observation of the lesion area and distribution of anticancer drugs.

Enabling high accuracy and precision mass spectrometry, the iMScope TRIO provides high level qualitative analysis via the IT-TOF function, which integrates ion trap (IT) mass spectrometry for MSn analysis with time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. Not only limited to imaging samples, the system is also capable of analysing samples extracted and separated from tissues via connection with a liquid chromatograph.

For more information please visit the website.

* Sales area: All areas excluding North America. For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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