Atik Cameras has built the latest VS255 and VS825 cameras for using quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) instruments to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
FREMONT, CA: To respond to the worldwide demand for reliable technologies designed for improving COVID-19 testing, Atik Cameras, the specialist designer and manufacturer of innovative scientific imaging solutions, has built the latest VS255 and VS825 cameras. These cameras can be utilized explicitly with quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) instruments, the most popularly used systems for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Such commercially competitive, custom cameras have marked the new additions to Atik Cameras VS Series of scientific charge-coupled-device (CCD) cameras, provide superior sensitivity and image quality.
"The camera of a qPCR instrument plays a key role at the amplification stage of the testing process, recording the fluorescent signals of the viral genetic material, with the greyscale version of the image being analysed to generate either a positive or negative result," explained Stephen Chambers, Chief Executive Officer at Atik Cameras. "With the paramount importance of the COVID-19 challenge, it was vital that Atik Cameras provided products that were well suited to the task. Drawing on our scientific imaging expertise, as well as our extensive research and development capabilities, we've developed the VS255 and VS825 cameras to offer Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and clinical diagnostic laboratories high-performing tools to facilitate the accurate diagnosis of active COVID-19 infections."
The VS255 camera has various types of features designed to increase the diagnostic capability of qPCR instruments. Due to its innovative cooling capabilities, the camera provides optimal sensitivity and image quality by reducing the dark current. Moreover, the image quality is further improved because of the cameras' binning abilities and its pixel size.
"The qPCR test is vital in pinpointing COVID-19 positive cases and the timeframes in which these cases pose the greatest risk of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the wider population," added Jason Evans, Sales & Marketing Director at Atik Cameras. "As such, the test enables the creation of an accurate database of infected individuals, to be used in conjunction with track and trace systems monitoring the contacts of those people, to trigger self-isolation procedures and, ultimately, control the spread of the virus. It is with great pride that Atik Cameras can now be part of this unprecedented effort to safeguard public health, with thousands of cameras installed in qPCR instruments around the world, each processing thousands of samples every day."