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We Recommend the Universal NGS2020 Dark Field Blood Analysis System

We have looked at the specifications, price and quality of dark field microscopes currently available on the market. The 8 reasons for recommending this system in lieu of other dark field microscopes are:

  1. Convenience: it is easy to set up, transport (if needed) and operate.
  2. Reliability: These dark field microscopes are constructed from high quality, durable materials, ensuring a high degree of reliability and a minimum amount of downtime. Many cheaper brands save costs by using inferior materials, which result in excessive wear and tear of the essential components, ultimately resulting in the microscope breaking down and requiring extensive repair. Some brands even utilise cast iron to manufacture the gears in the focusing mechanism which can result in damage.
  3. Easy Maintenance: The systems are easy to maintain and if there are any parts that need to be replaced, the parts are inexpensive and the repair can be carried out by the practitioner him/herself. The fact that parts are available ensures minimum downtime.
  4. This Dark Field Microscope is specifically designed for live & dry blood analysis: There are no unnecessary features and parts that won’t be used in a live blood analysis session. Some of the microscopes have additional filters built into the microscope, which result in the practitioner having to check additional settings to ensure that the system is correctly set up each time for the analysis. The standard dark field microscope system comes with 5 objectives, giving the user the various levels of magnification required for all the techniques in blood analysis. There is no need to purchase additional objectives to be able to perform the full analysis. The camera setup is set to the correct settings to allow for the different lighting conditions in live blood – brightfield, live blood – darkfield & dry blood.
  5. The software is user-friendly, allowing the user to focus on the analysis of the sample, rather than the operation of the system. Still images can be taken and videos can be recorded with a single click. Images and videos are automatically saved without requiring the analyst to save them individually.
  6. High Maximum Magnification: This live blood analysis system is one of the very few that offers a total magnification of 4000X. Most dark field microscopes are only capable of a maximum magnification of 1000X, but these systems have a 40X lens built into the video turret. This allows the system to achieve a maximum magnification on the video screen of 4000X and 1000X through the eye pieces. Most microscopes that can go beyond 1000X achieve this by means of a digital zoom in the camera, resulting in a poor quality, pixilated image. The magnification achieved with this system is by means of an additional lens, which provides a high quality, clear image through optical magnification.
  7. High Quality Optics: The optics are based on Nikon specifications and design. The microscope itself is manufactured under strict quality controls in a factory in Japan that has been manufacturing laboratory and surgical microscopes for more than 30 years.
  8. High Quality Illumination: For high quality illumination in brightfield and darkfield, the Neogenesis blood analysis systems are equipped with high-intensity light sources. Available options include: 9W LED (equivalent to 100W halogen), or 50W halogen. The 9W LED is the light source of choice for detailed darkfield examination, as it offers higher intensity illumination and a longer lifespan than the 50W halogen system.
  9. Dark Field (Oil) Cardioid Condenser: To ensure sharp and flawless darkfield images, where the full spectrum of darkfield anomalies will be clearly visible, the system features a high-end cardioid oil immersion darkfield condenser. This specialised condenser uses mirrors to form a hollow cone of light with its focal point in the plane of the specimen. The specimen is therefore illuminated by peripheral light. The background is black as the direct light from the condenser passes around and not through the objective. This gives the enormous contrast, as we see only the jet black background and brilliant white light from the specimen. This level of clarity is not possible with low illumination systems.
  10. Experience: I have personally worked teaching & tutoring live blood microscopy for nearly 18 years and have trained practitioners on a variety of different microscopes, ranging from high-end, expensive dark field microscopes to cheaper, entry-level microscopes.

The Universal NGS Blood Analysis System that we are recommending offers the best quality setup at the best price. The image quality is comparable to the high-end dark field microscope brands, without their high price. This is the same system I have been using for the past 10 years and I have had the experience of its ease of use and reliability for myself personally.
(Dr Okker) The microscopes are manufactured in Japan in a factory that specialises in the manufacturing of microscopes for laboratory and surgical use and has over 20 years’ experience in producing reliable and durable systems. Finding a product of high quality at a competitive price is becoming increasingly difficult due to the large number of products from China. This dark field microscope system is priced competitively and features high-quality optics.

The price of The Universal NGS Blood Analysis System:

  1. HDMI-LED Dark Field Microscope LBA Package
      • This is our top of the range system, featuring the latest LED illumination and high-definition imaging system.
      • **LED Illumination (9W, equivalent to 90-100W halogen)
      • High definition HDMI-USB Camera
      • Price: $6,227 (USD)

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  2. SD-LED Dark Field Microscope LBA Package
      • This includes the **LED microscope system with a standard resolution camera.
      • **LED Illumination (9W, equivalent to 90-100W halogen)
      • Standard resolution USB2.0 Camera
      • Price: $5,775 (USD)

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  3. HDMI-50W Dark Field Microscope LBA Package
      • This includes the 50W halogen microscope system with the high-definition imaging system.
      • 50W Halogen illumination system
      • High definition HDMI-USB Camera
      • Price: $5,952 (USD)

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  4. SD-50W Dark Field Microscope LBA Package (Standard)
      • This features the 50W halogen microscope with a standard resolution imaging system.
      • 50W Halogen illumination system
      • Standard resolution USB2.0 Camera
      • Price: $5,498 (USD)

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*The benefits of HD imaging: There is a growing demand for HD imaging in dark field microscopy since monitors and cameras are becoming more commonplace. The camera and capture device both provide full HD resolution. Although the captured images will be larger in size, the resolution is extremely good. This is ideal where a large monitor, or a HD monitor will be used and for clients who are looking for the best image quality that modern imaging technology can provide.

**The benefits of LED illumination: LED lights provide pure white light and have a much longer lifespan than halogen bulbs. The LED lamps also do not produce any heat. The LED illumination produces more brightness (comparable to 90-100W halogen lamp), which is very useful in darkfield. This package includes everything required in a microscope to practice live & dry blood analysis as well as shipping to a UK address. For clients not based in the UK, we will ship directly from our warehouse which may increase or decrease the shipping cost, and in turn, the price, depending on your location. Delivery currently approximately 3 weeks, call or email for confirmation.

Imaging Specifications:

High Definition Imaging System

The HD imaging system is the imaging system of choice when the best quality video is required. Ideal for use on modern HD display monitors, the HDMI-USB camera represents the latest in digital imaging technology, specifically developed for microscopy. The video signal is transferred via two separate video outputs: one via USB to the user’s computer or laptop, and the other via HDMI to a separate monitor. The HDMI-USB camera is ideally suited to live and dry blood analysis imaging, as its unique auto-exposure function and ultra-fine colour engine ensures perfect colour reproduction.

Resolution: Full HD (1920 X 1080) at 60 Frames Per Second.

Includes image processing software to allow the user to view the live video feed on a computer / laptop, take still images, and record videos.

Compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

Standard Definition Imaging System

Not all microscope cameras are suitable for darkfield. Our standard definition digital camera utilises the latest Sony Exmor sensor, which has high sensitivity and low noise, ensuring optimal performance in fluorescence, darkfield, as well as brightfield microscopy applications.

Resolution: 1280 x 960 (at 60 Frames Per Second)

Includes image processing software to allow the user to view the live video feed on a computer / laptop, take still images, and record videos.

Compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

Comparison between one of our Microscope Systems and a normal Laboratory Microscope

A blood sample using a 40X objective with one of our systems looks like the picture on the left. On the right is the same 40X objective on a normal laboratory microscope.

Warranty: The equipment is guaranteed against mechanical faults (damage due to negligence excluded) for 24 months from date of installation.

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