The Life Canvas Technologies' SmartSPIM light sheet microscope provides unparalleled resolution and acquisition speed throughout intact tissue volumes, while its modular design allows you to upgrade and customize individual components.


Key highlights and features include:

  • Patented axial sweeping technology, which generates homogenous PSFz across field of view
  • Rapid volumetric acquisition (intact mouse brain hemisphere in <30 minutes)
  • Large imaging chamber and dual illumination, optimized for large (up to 40mm x 75mm) or multi-sample acquisition – easily image organoids, rat brains, entire juvenile mice, & everything in between
  • Focus compensation and tunable imaging parameters
  • Intuitive acquisition software with real-time tile correction
  • Objectives available for 1.63X through 22X magnification

With uniform axial resolution across the whole sample, rapid volumetric imaging, and a custom imaging chamber, SmartSPIM provides the accuracy, speed, and flexibility you need to generate the highest quality data. Unlike many light sheet microscopes, SmartSPIM makes no compromises on resolution or acquisition speed.

Uniform axial resolution across FOV

The SmartSPIM light sheet microscope leverages patented axial sweeping technology (Dean et al. 2015): illumination optics scan the beam while synchronized to the camera’s rolling shutter detection, providing homogeneous axial point spread functions (PSFz) across the entire field of view (FOV). 

Left: The sample imaged without axial sweeping displays high axial resolution only at the center of the FOV, while the sample imaged with sweeping shows uniform axial resolution across the FOV.

Microglia (IBA-1, 647 nm) in cortex of a 7-month-old wild-type C57BL/6 male mouse from Taconic Biosciences, model #B6, 3.6X magnification.

Customizable imaging chamber

Custom-designed imaging chamber and sample holders can accommodate a variety of tissue sizes, from organoids to rat brains, and even entire juvenile mice! With no points of contact between tissue and mounting hardware, the user can mount many sample types and sizes in different orientations.

Rapid, intuitive volumetric acquisition

Tunable imaging parameters allow for high speed volumetric imaging while maintaining quality resolution. 20 fps acquisition allows imaging of a mouse brain hemisphere or comparably sized intact sample in <30 minutes (at 1.8 µm x 1.8 µm x 4 µm voxel size).

Streamlined for efficient data collection, SmartSPIM’s acquisition software has real-time tile correction and is simple to operate, making imaging large samples a breeze.

Syto16 (magenta) and vimentin (cyan) in a day 50 dorsal forebrain organoid from STEMCELL Technologies generated using the STEMdiff™ Dorsal Forebrain Organoid Differentiation Kit (cat. #08620), 15X magnification.

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