CT-2000 Live Cell Imaging System

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cellTRAY® Integration

cellTRAY CT-2301 in Dish

Nanopoint's cellTRAY is a micro-scale cell containment device that creates new standards of precision and levels of efficiency for the study of live cells. The cellTRAY provides for the isolation of cells into individual micro-wells, allowing researchers to observe very small groups of cells throughout an experiment. Ten regions on the cellTRAY can be individually addressed by the microfluidics delivery system, allowing different reagents to be easily administered to each region. Each cellTRAY is packaged in a cellTRAY Dish, a unique, fully autoclavable custom holder that enables easy loading, incubation, and cell culturing.

The cellTRAY Model CT-2300 contains 112 wells and the cellTRAY Model CT-2301 contains 1120 wells. Both versions are currently available for use with the CT-2000 Live Cell Imaging System. To learn more about the cellTRAY, visit the cellTRAY section of our website.

Advanced Microfluidics Capabilities

cellTRAY Microfluidics Controller - actively flow media into 10 parallel channels concurrently or in serial

The microfluidics controller has a very small footprint with its vertically-oriented syringe pumps. Fluid is regulated by syringe pumps that lead to and from a fluid reservoir and waste bottle. Of the 14 regions on the cellTRAY, ten can be individually addressed, allowing different reagents to be administered at each port. Two of the pumps are split to address five regions each on the cellTRAY (dispense pumps), and two pumps are used to withdraw fluid, addressing five regions each, so a total of 10 regions on the CT-2000 are utilized. The remaining 4 regions act as buffers. The syringe pumps are capable of a variety of flow rates, configurable by the user, with a flow resolution of 20nL/sec. The volume of fluid in a single syringe will cover a four hour experiment, although the volume is automatically replaced from the reservoir, extending the experimental time to overnight.

  • Perform up to 10 parallel, isolated experiments
  • Address each region individually or in a group
  • Administer multiple reagents independently
  • Customize flow rates (100nL/sec resolution)
  • Run advanced, configurable flow modes

Environmental Control Chamber

cellTRAY Manifold - on-microscope environmental control including CO2, temperature, and media exchange

The cellTRAY sits on the stage-mounted miniature incubator, also known as the manifold, which attaches to the included Prior scanning stage. The manifold sits over the cellTRAY while leaving the 14 regions visible from the top.

  • Integrated temperature control for ranges between 20°C and 40°C
  • Conditioned CO2 inflow port
  • Hinged class cover to minimize contamination and allow easy access to cellTRAY
  • Can be mounted on any inverted microscope with a standard wellplate holder

CCD Camera

Also included is a scientific-grade camera for high-resolution documentation and image archiving. This 1.4 megapixel CCD digital camera provides versatile solutions for life science and clinical professionals working under low light conditions. With a resolution of 1392 x 1040 pixels and on-board processing, these cameras deliver outstanding image quality for a wide variety of scientific applications.

Nanopoint's cooled monochrome CCD camera is ideal in low-light conditions where high dynamic range is required, and is suited to fluorescence-based applications such as cell viability, apoptosis, gene expression, and cell signaling studies.

Camera Specifications

Prior Motorized Stage

Prior ProScan Stage with filter wheels and shutter controls.

The Prior ProScan System is a motorized XYZ stage with joystick, controller, filter wheels and shutter providing a high precision solution for automation of image acquisition.

For more information, please visit the Prior product page.

Desktop Computer & Software

The computer comes pre-loaded with the cellTRAY Life Support Manager software for precise microfluidics control; and the cellTRAY Manager software for navigation, image acquisition, and data management.

cellTRAY Life Support Manager

Screenshot from cellTRAY Life Support Manager

Nanopoint's cellTRAY Life Support Manager is a custom application which regulates the flow of fluids through control of syringe pumps. This software allows researchers to feed cells up to 10 parallel, isolated regions, and administer multiple reagents in specific doses. Advanced, configurable flow modes are also supported, allowing customization of flow rates and sequenced delivery. The cellTRAY Life Support Manager also monitors and regulates temperature control of the system.

cellTRAY Manager Software

Screenshot from cellTRAY Manager Software

Nanopoint's powerful Windows-based software, cellTRAY Manager, allows researchers to leverage the array format of the cellTRAY and to streamline and fully automate image acquisition. Features include:

  • Well-To-Well Navigation - No need for manual centering or focusing
  • Automated Scans - Automated acquisition of all, or a specified subset, of wells
  • Light Path Management - Switch quickly between groups of camera and filter wheel settings
  • Time-Lapse Imaging - Perform automated scans at specified intervals
  • Data Management Tools - Easily reorganize scan data for processing and analysis

cellTRAY Manager Specifications

Protocols & Warranty

Protocols are included for:

  • Sterilization
  • Cleaning
  • Cell loading


One year product warranty including:

  • On-site installation
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Research support services to help ensure project success