August 21, 2013
Leica FluoScoutTM Helps Researchers Get the Most out of their Fluorescence
Online Tool for Determining the Optimal Fluorescence Filter Cube Set
Wetzlar, Germany. On August 21, 2013, Leica Microsystems launched Leica FluoScoutTM, an online
tool that enables users of fluorescence microscopes to determine the optimal filter cube or filter set for
Find the optimal combination of light sources, fluorophores and filter cubes
To achieve excellent results in fluorescence microscopy, the light source, the fluorophores and the filter
cubes have to be matched. A perfect fit of excitation and emission filter set maximizes the efficiency of
excitation and emission of the fluorophores to provide crisp images. Leica FluoScoutTM makes the
matching of these components easy by recommending filter cubes based on the users’ choice of
fluorophore. With just one click on the quotation cart users can request offers for selected filter cubes.
User-friendly with smart functions
Various smart functions make the Leica FluoScoutTM especially user-friendly. The spectrum range is
shown as a colored bar to have a constant reference for the visible range of light. To obtain a better
overview, the user can fade in and out of single spectra, or zoom to see more details. The transmission
and emission can also be quantified. To get started, the online help function and a tooltip guide the user
through the site. The selected spectra can either be shared via e-mail or bookmarked using the link
creator. Using the contact button, users can post questions directly to Leica Microsystems’ support
Anja Schué · T +49 (0)6441 / 29 - 2201 · F +49 (0)6441 / 29 - 2527 · [email protected]
Leica Microsystems GmbH · Ernst-Leitz-Straße 17–37 · D-35578 Wetzlar ·
The principle of fluorescence microscopy
Fluorescence microscopy harnesses the ability of fluorochromes to emit light after excitation with light of
specific wavelengths. Using optical filters, often assembled in a filter cube, the labeled specimen can be
visualized on a dark background with the highest sensitivity.
First in fluorescence
Fluorescence microscopy has long been established as an important analytical tool for bio-medical
research disciplines. As a pioneer in this field, Leica Microsystems is dedicated to ongoing intensive
research and has constantly contributed innovative products to fluorescence microscopy.
Caption: The online tool Leica FluoScoutTM enables users of fluorescence microscopes to
determine the best filter cube or filter set for achieving excellent imaging results.
Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family
business in the nineteenth century, the company’s history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its
way to becoming a global enterprise.
Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems’ tradition
of innovation, which draws on users’ ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the
global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the leaders in
their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division and Medical Division.
The company is represented in over 100 countries with 6 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, sales
and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is
headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.