Patent Number: 6,251,615

Title: Cell analysis methods

Abstract: A method of analyzing cells in a carrier solution comprises the following steps: (a) Introducing the carrier solution into a conduit having a surface portion (preferably a substantially flat surface portion). The carrier solution has the cells suspended therein. (b) Allowing the cells to settle on the surface portion, the surface portion including at least one imaging field. In an alternate embodiment, one or more discreet capture zones (e.g., formed from an affinity species immobilized on the substrate or a textured region on the substrate) are formed on the surface portion, and this step (b) comprises capturing the cells in the capture zone. (c) Sequentially interrogating a plurality of the cells in the imaging field with emitted light. (d) Processing resultant light from the imaging field. (e) Generating digital information for each of the plurality of cells from the resultant light. (f) Generating a response file for each of the plurality of cells from the digital information. The response file generated in the method can be used for the sizing, enumeration, characterization, and/or classification of cells in the sample. Apparatus for carrying out the foregoing method is also disclosed, along with methods and apparatus employing reciprocal flow techniques.

Inventors: Oberhardt; Bruce J. (Raleigh, NC)

Assignee: Cell Analytics, Inc.

International Classification: G01N 15/14 (20060101); G01N 33/50 (20060101); G01N 033/567 (); G01N 033/557 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018