Cytation 1 Imaging Multi-Mode Reader: Automated Digital Quantitative Microscopy with Multi-Mode Microplate Detection

Combining quantitative microscopy and multi-mode detection into one compact unit, Cytation™ 1 is an affordable solution for a wide range of live and fixed cell, and traditional biochemical applications.


The recent surge in cell-based assay procedures offers researchers a deeper understanding of cellular functions. These complex workflows often require use of a core lab facility or expensive microscopy and detection systems that are unattainable for some budgets.

BioTek solves this problem with Cytation 1, bringing quantitative digital microscopy and multi-mode detection together in one affordable, compact design.

This patented combination of imaging and multi-mode detection enables a wide range of applications including cell proliferation & cytotoxicity, signal transduction, food and beverage safety and micro-volume nucleic acid quantification.

Cytation 1’s imaging system offers fluorescence and high contrast brightfield imaging in a 1.25x to 60x magnification range, allowing users to capture large regions of interest and explore intracellular details.

All users will appreciate the efficiency that Cytation 1 brings to their workflows. With automated XY stage, auto focus, exposure and LED intensity, image acquisition for both fixed and live cell assays couldn’t be easier.

Using Augmented Microscopy™, Gen5 software integrates typical microscopy steps, automating image capture, processing, and analysis to provide publication-ready images and data. Gen5 efficiently guides scientists through the entire process.

To Support live cell assays, Cytation 1 has temperature control, linear and orbital shaking. A gas controller is available to regulate CO2 and O2 levels in the system for maintaining cell health and morphology during real-time kinetic analysis.

Analyze cell-specific and time-dependent biological activity with the dual reagent injector. Quick “inject and image” capabilities enable kinetic reactions such as calcium uptake assays.

The Cytation 1 is versatile and upgradeable: begin with the microscopy module and add fluorescence, luminescence and absorbance detection when your laboratory’s requirements change. Modules can be added at any time.

BioTek’s Cytation 1 offers excellent performance in both imaging and multi-mode detection at an affordable price.


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