How Infrared Microscopy Works & How We Save You Time & Money
Here are the advantages of Excedr’s IR microscope leasing program:
- Eliminates the upfront cost of buying equipment by leasing and lets you enjoy the benefits of having manageable payments over time instead
- Payments may be 100% tax deductible*, which yields you significant cash-savings
- We minimize instrument downtime with our complete repair coverage
- Minimal instrument downtime because we cover repairs and service visits
- Excedr handles the admin work associated with equipment procurement and maintenance
- With the capital saved through our program, labs are better able to reinvest in their core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.
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IR microscopy is a technique that employs IR to aid in magnifying objects that would normally be invisible to the naked eye. In typical IR microscopy, a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer is used with an optical microscope equipped with an IR detector. The use of FTIR spectroscopy is why it is also referred to as FITR microscopy. A focal plane array detector is an example of one such detector. Used frequently for chemical imaging, IR microscopy is able to analyze chemicals with an IR spectroscopy in different regions resulting in a spatially resolved image. The contrast in these images is obtained by analyzing how different areas of a chemical compound react to specific IR wavelengths. Like most microscopy techniques, IR microscopy is diffraction-limited, however, there are several sub-diffraction IR microscopy techniques that have been developed.
IR Imaging Types, Techniques, & Cost
FTIR spectroscopy is a well-established technique used to analyze a substance’s makeup by analyzing that materials IR absorption and emission characteristics. The Fourier transform of FTIR refers to a specific mathematical principle that takes raw data and translates it into its corresponding spectrum. In IR microscopy, a FTIR spectrometer is used for spectral analysis while the detector works to image the sample. When this imaging occurs it defines specific regions as pixels. Each pixel’s spectra is analyzed by the spectrometer.
Focal-Plane Array Detector
A focal-plane array, or staring array, is an image sensor that uses an array of light-sensing pixels at the focal plane of the microscope. The detector works by first picking up photos of specific wavelengths and then creating an electric charge that is proportional to how many photons it detected. This electric charge is then analyzed and used to construct an image. This specific type of detector is able to gather up to 16,000 pixels simultaneously which allows for IR imaging.
IR microscopy is an extremely powerful imaging tool for scientists and will continue to be so in the future, however, it can take a full day to analyze the data gathered. This makes IR microscopy fairly limited in its usefulness in the clinical setting. A team of researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) simplified this measurement step and reduced the analysis time from a day to a few minutes. They were able to achieve this by using quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). Unlike conventional IR microscopes, QCL-based IR microscopes are able to employ only a single frequency which cuts down on the measuring and analyzing phases. These QCL-based IR can be used in the label-free classification of cancer tissues. In a study of 110 tissue samples, this method proved to have 96 percent sensitivity and 100 percent specificity when compared to histopathology, the gold standard for cancer diagnosis. A rapid cancer diagnosis is vital in cancer treatment. The earlier doctors can diagnose it the better the chances that the patient will have positive treatment options.
Regardless of your needs, IR microscopes can be vital to your lab’s success. Do not let the procurement of this piece of equipment financially cripple you. Excedr’s FTIR microscope leases allow you to avoid the massive cost of purchasing one, leaving you with more money to reinvest in whatever you need. Additionally, our hassle-free repair and preventative maintenance coverage is included.
We Offer IR Microscope Leases to Fit Every Need
This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.
If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.
FTIR MANUFACTURERS & MODELS ON THE MARKET
- ThermoFisher: Nicolet iN5, Nicolet iN10, Nicolet iN10 MX
- Nikon: Eclipse FN1
- Bruker: Lumos, HYPERION Series
- Perkin Elmer: Spotlight 200i, Spotlight 400, Spotlight 400N
- Agilent: Cary 610, Cary 620
- Jasco: IRT-5000,IRT-5200, IRT-7000, IRT-7200, IRT-1000
- Shimadzu: AIM-9000
- Photon etc.: Hyperspectral: IMA
- NT-MDT Spectrum Instruments: NETGRA Nano IR
- Santa Barbara Imaging:
- Quantum Focus Instruments Corp. (QFI): InfraScope
- MotionX Corp.: IREM
- and more!
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Effect on Credit & Operating Capital
Leasing/renting does not hinder your future borrowing ability and allows you to keep your business credit line open for expansions, staffing, and other operational expenses. Additionally, it strengthens the cash flow of your business and keeps cash reserves free for business development opportunities.
Unlike traditional financing and leasing companies, the Excedr program can accommodate refurbished/reconditioned equipment in addition to demo units. If you are looking for additional cost-savings, we recommend considering this option.
Speed of Approval
Excedr’s program allows you to respond quickly as your need for equipment and technology arises. You can be approved with minimal documentation and have the equipment you need in operation and generating revenue for your business quickly.