Patent Number: 6,166,761

Title: Method and apparatus for monitoring a biological sample

Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring biological samples. The apparatus comprises an incubator within which are mounted at least two CCD mini-cameras adapted for photomicroscopy as mini-photomicroscopes. The apparatus may be configured for time-lapse photomicroscopy, transmission photomicroscopy, reflection photomicroscopy, epifluorescence photomicroscopy, or infrared photomicroscopy. 3D images are acquired by focusing the mini-photomicroscopes on successive focal image planes in the biological samples. The mini-photomicroscopes may be focused on separate samples, on different portions of the same sample, or on the same portion of the same sample.

Inventors: Arav; Amir (Tel Aviv, IL)

Assignee: Interface Multigrad Technology

International Classification: C12M 1/34 (20060101); H04N 7/18 (20060101); G02B 21/36 (20060101); H04N 007/18 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013