Laboratories usually must make a choice between a filter-based or monochromator-based multimode reader. If speed and/or sensitivity are the dominant need, then a filter-based system is chosen; if flexibility and spectral scanning is required, then a monochromator-based system is acquired. If all attributes are required, then typically the laboratory must buy both. BioTek’s Synergy™ 4 with Hybrid Technology™ circumvents these issues by provided both a monochromator-based optical path for fluorescence measurements and spectral filter-based modules for assays requiring speed and sensitivity. Below is a figure depicting Synergy 4’s optical paths.
|Figure 1: Hybrid Technology utilizing both monochromator- and spectral filter-based optical paths.|
The table below demonstrates the main attributes of filter- and monochrmator-based readers and how Hybrid Technology encompasses all.
Does your laboratory use filter- or monochromator-based microplate readers? Do you see the benefit of Hybrid Technology?
By: BioTek Instruments