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UVP ChemStudio PLUS (formerly BioSpectrum Imaging System)

UVP ChemStudio PLUS is designed with automated software controls to simplify gel and blot imaging. This powerful system offers a complete solution for publication quality images. Select from high resolution, high sensitivity CCD cameras depending on your imaging applications. For example, the MegaCam 815 camera with dynamic 8.1 megapixel high resolution and high sensitivity capabilities captures fluorescent gel images and low-light chemiluminescent western blots. Select the UVP ChemStudio PLUS 315 for gel doc applications. This configuration is upgradeable for western blot imaging.

UVP ChemStudio PLUS Imaging System
Applications for this system include chemiluminescent blots, Northern blots, Southern blots, chemiluminescent Western blots, fluorescent westerns, protein blots, dot blots, protein gels, bioluminescence, DNA gels, blue light gels, TLC gels, colony plates, 2D gels, multiplex, colorimetric, visible light gels, autoraphiographs, microplates, microarrays.

Main Features

  • Choice of high-sensitivity, scientific-grade CCD Cameras - cameras include up to 8.1 megapixels resolution and cooling capabilities
  • Faster than film for western blot imaging
  • Motorized optics for setting the aperture, zoom and focus
  • Automated templates for repeat experiments
  • Light tight darkroom creates optimum imaging conditions
  • Unique viewing window is UV blocking for quick sample inspection
  • Built-in overhead white light and UV are easily selected from the software interface
  • Automated control of the five-position emission filter array
  • Easy access fold-down white light plate
  • Chemi tray fits over the plate for placement of blots
  • Roll-out tray provides easy access to the UV transilluminator
  • Select from several benchtop, patented and awarding winning transilluminator models
  • VisionWorks Software
  • UVP eLITE ready for fluorescent multiplexed imaging applications including fluorescent western blots
  • For multiple imaging applications including multiplex, chemiluminescent Western blots, fluorescent gels and colorimetric.  

Software Interface

  • Automates your research for easy, yet accurate and repeatable results
  • Controls the motorized zoom lens, epi and transillumination UV and white light, emission filter selection and system power
  • Allows selection of user-defined or default settings
  • Select from SYBR Green (515-570mm), SYBR Gold (485-655mm), EtBr (570-640mm) filters or from other added filters
  • Click on the epi and transillumination light sources
  • Set templates and user preferences for recurring experiments


  • Choose from a variety of UV transilluminators excitation of EtBr and other stains; select from single or multiple UV wavelengths and 20x20cm, 21x26cm or 25x26cm filter sizes
  • Transilluminator is placed on easy access, roll out tray
  • LED white light plate supplies uniform white light illumination
  • T o fluoresce GelGreen, SYBR Green and other stains that require the 460-470nm range, add the optional Visi-Blue plate

Chemiluminescent Imaging

  • The MegaCam 815, BioChemi 515, and OptiChemi 615 cameras are cooled CCD cameras recommended for chemiluminescent imaging
  • For western blot and other chemiluminescent blots applications, place blots on the removable chemi tray
  • For chemiluminescent applications, place the chemi tray on top of the white light plate for placement of blots
  • Adjust the height of the tray to specific, repeatable positions
  • For western blot imaging, for application use information refer to the article titled "Ultra-Rapid and Ultra-Sensitive Detection of Proteins in Chemiluminescent Western Blotting"
  • For high sensitivity chemiluminescent 1D & 2D immunoblotting (western blotting) imaging
VisionWorks Image Acquisition and Analysis Software

VisionWorks Image Acquisition and Analysis Software can be configured with the system or ordered separately. Check with your local representative for details. This sophisticated package provides comprehensive tools for image capture and analysis of gels, plates and membranes as well as colony counting. Capabilities include:

  • Image acquisition functions for simple image capture and expanded integration options
  • Apply numerous image enhancements to images
  • Comprehensive tools for advanced 1D lane densitometry and analysis including area density, molecular weights and colony counting
  • Support for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance
  • One-touch automated macros
  • Define user profiles and preferences
  • Generate extensive reports and export data
  • Multiple user network license available
  • More …  
Green Initiatives

For companies and institutions concerned with green initiatives, UVP BioImaging Systems for chemiluminescence imaging eliminate the need for film or processing chemicals thereby enabling "green imaging."


Camera Chart

Luminescence Calibration Standard

When calibration of the light source in the system is required, the Luminescence Calibration Standard (optional) can be used to emit a very stable light over four orders of magnitude. The standard can be used for validation of measuring equipment, including cameras. < Learn More >

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