Shimadzu introduces their new iMScope QT imaging mass microscope, a revolutionary product with first rate imaging capabilities and analysis speeds. It has an in-built optical microscope and can also be used as a liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer. It has a high-precision stage and very stable UV laser together with a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer, facilitating a spatial resolution of 5 μm, a threefold improvement in mass resolution and fivefold improvement in image acquisition speed compared with its predecessor. The mass spectrometer and microscope units can easily be attached or detached by the user themselves. Removing the microscope section and installing a liquid chromatograph allows the system to be used as the LCMS-9030 Q-TOF LC/MS system. Customers who already own an LCMS-9030 system can carry out imaging mass microscopy by purchasing only the microscope unit.
“Customers who already own an LCMS-9030 system can carry out imaging mass microscopy by purchasing only the microscope unit“
Shimadzu is also introducing the iMLayer AERO sprayer for MALDI imaging, which automates the matrix spraying pretreatment process. Previously this step had to be carried out manually, which often resulted in unwanted clumping. This device sprays the sample evenly and consistently, generating results with a higher degree of reproducibility (Shimadzu Executive Research Fellow, Koichi Tanaka, was granted the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the matrix spraying process technique).