Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual
iBox® Scientia™
Small Animal Imaging System
Instruction Manual
UVP, LLC
2066 W. 11th Street, Upland, CA 91786
Tel: (909) 946-3197 / (800) 452-6788
Fax: (909) 946-3597
Ultra-Violet Products Ltd.
Unit 1, Trinity Hall Farm Estate
Nuffield Road, Cambridge CB4 1TG UK
Tel: +44(0)1223-420022 Fax: +44(0)1223-420561
Web Site: www.uvp.com
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Introduction
The iBox Small Animal Imaging System is designed to automate research with one-touch, pre-set or userdefined PC controls for accurate, repeatable imaging of small animals.
The iBox system incorporates the light tight darkroom, BioLite and matched emission/excitation green
fluorescent protein (GFP) and red fluorescent protein (RFP) filter sets.
The darkroom has a UV blocking window, built-in overhead 365nm UV, Visi-Blue™ 480nm and white light,
five-position emission filter array, and a software controlled power lift.
The iBox system comes equipped with a warming plate with internal heating elements that keep the surface
of the warming plate at a constant 37°C.
The BioLite offers an eight position filter wheel, six position intensity selector, and a direct lighting source
using fiber optic bundles to tightly control the output spectrum for consistent, repeatable measurements.
The iBox offers a highly sensitive CCD camera for in vivo applications and supplies real time, live preview
images.
iBox Small Animal Imaging System
shown with the Automated BioLite MultiSpectral Source
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Components
The iBox Imaging System is comprised of the following equipment:
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Darkroom Cabinet
Automated Filter Wheel with Emission Filters (GFP & RFP)
CCD Camera and Lens options:
o OptiChemi™ 615 with either 50mm f/1.2 Fixed or 25mm f/0.95 Fixed Lens
o BioChemi™ 515 with the 12.5-75mm f/1.2 zoom lens
Viewer Window
Motorized Lift
Epi Illumination
BioLite MultiSpectral Source with Excitation Filters (GFP & RFP)
Warming Plate
VisionWorksLS Software
Check the packing slip for a complete equipment list. The system may additionally include a computer.
Darkroom Cabinet
The iBox Imaging System is manufactured of aluminum construction and fabricated to provide a light-tight
chamber.
Darkroom Dimensions: 17.5W x 17.5D x 32H inches (445 x 445 x 813 mm)
Note: Camera cover dimensions additional
Emission and Excitation Filters
Green Florescent Protein (GFP) and Red Fluorescent Protein (RFP) emission and excitation filters are
included. The darkroom can accommodate five emission filters in its filter wheel. The BioLite MultiSpectral
Source is designed to accommodate up to eight excitation filters.
BioLite™ MultiSpectral Source
The BioLite Automated Multispectral Source is a 150-Watt quartz halogen visible light source designed for
use with ferrule fiber optic bundles. It features a closed optical path to tightly control the output spectrum,
allowing consistent repeatable measurements with superior signal to noise. The BioLite features a 6 position
dimmer permitting variable intensity. The integrated filter wheel accommodates up to 8 excitation filters.
Warming Plate
The warming plate houses internal heating elements which connect inside the iBox and keep the surface of
the warming plate at a constant 37°C.
CCD Camera and Lens
The CCD camera, housed in the top of darkroom, generates extremely fast optics and high sensitivity for
capturing high resolution images. The camera’s motorized lens is controlled by the VisionWorksLS software.
Viewer Window
The viewer in the darkroom door opens for safe viewing of samples. The acrylic window allows viewing
without exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Motorized Lift
The motorized lift, controlled by the software, can be finely adjusted within its 10 inch range.
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Epi Illumination
Overhead lighting includes 365nm UV, Visi-Blue 480nm and white light. Lighting is controlled via the
software interface.
Minimum Computer Requirements
Processor:
RAM:
Hardware:
Display:
Operating System:
Internet Browser:
Computer USB Ports:
Pentium class, 1.6 GHz or higher
2 GB (4 GB Preferred)
Uses 200 MB of hard disk space
NOTE: For 21 CFR Part 11 support functionality, the hard drive
partition must be formatted with NTFS
1024 x 768 and 16-bit or better; 24-bit or 32-bit color is strongly
recommended
Windows Vista or Newer (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
Computer must come equipped with a minimum of four USB ports;
additional peripherals (mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.) may require
additional USB ports.
Anesthesia Kit (Optional)
The optional anesthesia system is an optional component designed to safely anesthetize up to five small
animals at a time inside the darkroom. The patented non-rebreathing technology safely prevents backflow of
gases into the darkroom. Anesthesia units are available with either isoflurane or sevoflurane, as well as with
or without oxygen regulators. Contact UVP for ordering information.
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Software Installation
Software Installation
Installing VisionWorksLS Software
1.
Insert the VisionWorksLS flash drive into the computer.
2.
Navigate to the flash drive folder and open the folder.
3.
Open the first folder found in the drive and then open the Installation folder.
4.
Scroll to find the VisionWorksLSSteup.exe file and double click to run installation.
5.
Click OK, Next, agree to “I accept terms of licensing agreement”, then Next. Leave all options in
their default settings. Then click Next, Next, Install and finally Finish.
Registering the Software
1.
Double click the
VisionWorksLS software
icon on the desktop.
2.
To activate the software,
registration is required.
To immediately activate
the software online,
choose On-the-Fly
activation. Activation
can also be done using
a smartphone.
Activation can also be
done at REG.UVP.com
using any other web
connected device. A
Config ID will be needed for this option and can be found by clicking Next after selecting On the
fly activation. It will be displayed under Configuration ID.
3.
Click Next to continue.
4.
The Already have an activation ID option is useful when reloading the software after receiving an
initial activation code.
5.
Complete all required information
on the form.
6.
Fill out the Serial Number located
on the box delivered with the
flash drive. The number should
be four sets of six numbers.
7.
Once the form is completed, click
on Get Activation No. and then
click Activate once the Activation
Number appears in the box.
8.
If the computer is not connected
to the Internet, click Offline
activation to register the
software. This allows the user to
obtain the activation code and
enter it at another time.
9.
Click Next to continue.
10. Click the link provided and complete the form to obtain registration instructions. Click Finish.
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Installing Camera Drivers
1.
The software must be installed for the camera drivers to be installed. Open the VisionWorksLS
software suite.
2.
Plug the USB cable from the camera into the USB port. At this time, lens controller USB should
also be plugged into the computer.
3.
The computer should display Found New Hardware. The drivers will automatically install.
Note: The installation may cause a warning message stating that the drivers are “not verified by
Microsoft”. Select Continue Anyway and the drivers will be installed correctly.
Hardware Installation
Darkroom Setup
1.
Remove all the tape on the darkroom (filter wheel, doors, interior cables).
2.
Detach the epi-light covers from the Velcro at the top of the darkroom and place the covers in a secure
location.
3.
Use a level to ensure that the darkroom is flat and make adjustments to the four feet of the darkroom if
necessary.
Darkroom Filter Wheel Setup
1.
Ensure that the darkroom is in a fixed and permanent location
as filters may slide in movement.
2.
Locate the filter wheel in the darkroom’s camera well at the
very top of the darkroom.
3.
Each filter location in the darkroom is numbered for a
corresponding filter. By touching the sides of the filters only,
insert the filters into the proper location. (The numbers on the
side of the filter facing you and right side up.)
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First position #1 = Leave Empty
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Second position #2 = GFP filter (Rectangular filter,
503nm-523nm)
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Third position #3 = RFP filter (Rectangular filter,
580nm-630nm)
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Fourth position #4 = User Choice (filter provided if ordered separately)
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Fifth position #5 = User Choice (filter provided if ordered separately)
Placing Filter at the Top of the
Darkroom
Cameras
High sensitivity, scientific grade CCD cameras are designed for use with UVP’s iBox Scientia Imaging
Systems. This section covers the components and steps required to install and run UVP’s cameras. Every
camera has slightly different installation instructions. The following cameras are covered in this manual:
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BioChemi 515
OptiChemi 615
Refer to the packing list for the camera included with the system.
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Components
Note: The BioChemi 500 and OptiChemi 615 cameras use many of the same components and are installed
in a similar manner. Therefore, the installation instructions herein will refer to both cameras interchangeably.
Note: Some components may not be shipped with all systems.
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Components
1.
USB Cable
2.
Camera
3.
Base Mount (ships
attached to the
darkroom)
4.
Bracket
5.
Black Thumb Screw and
Brass Thumb Nuts
6.
Camera Lens &
Controller
7.
Lens Controller Power
Supply Cable
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Hardware Installation
The photograph shows the parts required for assembly of the BioChemi 515 and OptiChemi 615
camera kits with the automated lens on the iBox Scientia Imaging System. The BioChemi 500 and
OptiChemi 615 cameras will have a different appearance but will be installed in the same manner.
Note: The image above shows the 50mm f/1.2 lens (6). Another lens and/or lens controller may be
shipped with the system.
1.
Attach the camera bracket (4) to the base mount with the brass thumb nuts (5).
2.
If not already removed, take the lens cap off the lens. Do not unscrew the lens cap, as it will simply
pull straight off.
3.
Place the camera/lens assembly in the hole in the base mount. Then, use the black thumb screw
(5) to secure the camera in place, attaching it through the hole at the top of the bracket (4).
Note: When looking at the darkroom from the front, the BioChemi 500 attaches to the bracket with the
Black Thumb Screw at the front of the system facing the user. The USB and power cables will extend
from the left of the darkroom.
The OptiChemi 615 cameras attach to the bracket with the Black Thumb Screw at the right of the
system. The USB and power cables will extend from the front of the camera, facing the user.
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BioLite MultiSpectral Light Source
1.
Plug the power cord into the receptacle on the
back of the unit and to a power outlet.
2.
Connect the USB cable (if applicable) to the unit
and leave the other end unplugged. The manual
BioLite does not have USB connection.
3.
Position the power source to the left of the
darkroom.
USB Cable
Power Cord
Manual BioLite (Manually Controlled)
1.
Insert the filter cartridge into the filter port.
NOTE: Filters and their cartridges are directional.
Make sure that the label is facing the front.
Because of the intense light of the BioLite, only
tempered interference filters should be used.
2.
Remove the epi light covers at the top of the
darkroom. They should be held in place by two
strips of Velcro adhesive. There are two screws
that protrude from the epi light fixtures, which will
be used to secure the BioLite light guides.
3.
Remove the top plug from the access port at the
upper left side of the darkroom.
4.
Thread the knurled (non-smooth) side of the fiber
optic cable from the inside of the darkroom through
the access port until the large stopper separating
the smooth and rough side of the fiber optic cable
can no longer be pushed through the opening.
5.
The light guides should be on the inside of the
darkroom. Make sure that the fiber optic cables
extend from the light guide towards the front of the
darkroom (towards you). Match the drilled holes in
the light guides to the protruding screws in the epilight structure. Use the thumbscrews provided to
secure the light guides.
Stopper
Fiber Optic Cable
Epi Light Guides
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6.
Insert the fiber optic bundle into the silver
connector.
7.
Attach the cable to the silver connector with the
screw.
Automated BioLite (Software Controlled)
Filters will be installed in their black casing at the UVP factory.
1.
To insert the filter/holder into the filter wheel, hold
the assembly so that it is positioned vertically with
the ridge to the top left as shown in the photo.
2.
The filter/holder ridge is then positioned closest to
the front of the unit.
Side of
Unit
Ridge
3.
Slide the holder into the wheel slot.
4.
Load the GFP filter in position number one.
5.
Load the RFP filter in position number two.
NOTE: Do not force the filter assembly inside the BioLite
wheel slot. First check to ensure that the orientation of
the filter assembly is correct.
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Remove the epi light covers at the top of the
darkroom. They should be held in place by two
strips of Velcro adhesive. There are two screws
that protrude from the epi light fixtures, which will
be used to secure the BioLite light guides.
7.
Remove the top plug from the access port at the
upper left side of the darkroom.
8.
Thread the knurled (non-smooth) side of the fiber
optic cable from the inside of the darkroom through
the access port until the large stopper separating
the smooth and rough side of the fiber optic cable
can no longer be pushed through the opening.
9.
The light guides should be on the inside of the
darkroom. Make sure that the fiber optic cables
extend from the light guide towards the front of the
darkroom (towards you). Match the drilled holes in
the light guides to the protruding screws in the epilight structure. Use the thumbscrews provided to
secure the light guides.
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Fiber Optic Cable
Stopper
Epi Light Guides
10. Remove the soft rubber cap from the tip of the fiber
optic cable. Plug the cable into the left port in the
BioLite unit.
Plug the Fiber
Optic Cable into
the Left Port
Warming Plate Setup
1.
Place the warming plate on the lift platform inside the darkroom. Plug the jumper cord into the
Accessory outlet located in the upper back panel of the darkroom. Plug the other end into the
warming plate.
NOTE: Ensure that the warming plate is plugged into the Accessory outlet. This Accessory outlet
is a live outlet that has a constant supply of power.
2.
Ensure that the warming plate on/off switch is turned on and that the warming plate is plugged into
the Accessory plug of the darkroom.
3.
The warming plate will show the temperature of the warming plate in the display. In several
minutes, the warming plate will reach 37°C.
NOTE: The warming plate must be turned off or unplugged after use. Software does not control the
function of the warming plate.
NOTE: The warming plate has an over limit switch that prevents the unit from exceeding 41°C. Should
the unit reach 41°C, the plate must be returned to a temperature of 25°C before the unit reheats.
NOTE: Allow the warming plate to reach room temperature prior to operating. If the unit is extremely
cold when switched on, the warming surface temperature can exceed the preset temperature indicated
on the LCD display.
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Operation
Using the Software
Caution: Do not place objects under the lift platform as these will suffer damage if lift is moved to the lowest position.
If the darkroom cabinet’s automated lift platform is unexpectedly stopped by an obstruction, the software will send a
warning message to the user requesting that the user check for the obstruction before raising or lowering the lift
platform.
Note: The lift platform will only move if the darkroom door is closed. If the user attempts to change the height of the
platform, a warning message from the software will appear in orange stating “Darkroom door is open. Please close
the door to resume lift movement”.
Capture White Light Image of Mouse/Rat
1.
The mouse should be under anesthesia to prevent
movement.
2.
It is highly recommended that the mouse be hairless for
imaging. The researcher may remove the hair on the target
areas prior to imaging or purchase hairless mice at the
beginning of the experiment.
3.
Position the mouse on the warming plate so that the
fluorescent target is closest to the camera. (For example,
brain tumor with the mouse on its feet; pancreatic cancer
with mouse on its back)
4.
Set the Aperture to the smallest number possible (1.2).
5.
Set the Focus so that the image is clear.
6.
Turn on the Epi Illumination White lights or use the
Automated BioLite plugin to set the Intensity six with no
filter inserted into the slot.
7.
Move the Tray Location to the Top position or type in the
Height % desired. (Example: 50% is halfway up, 100% is
at the top position)
NOTE: After setting the lift height, the software will return to
the specified height even after the darkroom has been
turned off. There is no need to readjust the lift height.
8.
Set Exposure time to 50msec frame rate.
9.
Select Preview.
10. If important areas of the mouse are not visible in preview
(viewing area is too small), lower the lift.
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11. After adjusting the lift, ensure that the Saturation preview
box is checked, adjust the focus and the exposure time so
that the preview is not saturated (saturated areas appear
red when the Saturation preview box is checked).
12. Capture the mouse image. The captured image can be
saved to be used later in the Composite Image step.
Capture Fluorescent Image of Mouse/Rat
1.
Select the appropriate BioLite filter and the Darkroom filter
from that corresponds to the fluorescent protein in the
mouse. (For example, if the mouse has a GFP fluorescent
target, use the GFP BioLite filter and GFP Darkroom filter.)
2.
Change the Exposure time to 1 second.
3.
Ensure that 4X4 binning is selected for preview and that
1X1 binning is selected for capture.
4.
Ensure that Compensate exposure for binning box is
checked.
5.
Capture the image. The captured image can be saved to
be used later in the Composite Image step
If the target is saturated (is showing red or yellow areas),
reduce the exposure time to half [1sec->500msec>250sec…].
If the captured image shows a flat dark image, increase the
exposure time in steps of 20 seconds [1sec->20sec>40sec->1min…] until yellow areas appear. Once yellow
appears reduce by 20 seconds.
If the captured image shows a bright image looking no
different from the white light image, the fluorescent signal
might not be strong enough to be observed. (Fluorescent
proteins can take 48 hours to express. Implanted, in-depth,
fluorescent tissue can take one week to grow to a
discernible size. In these two cases, one might just have to
wait another day to image again.)
Create a Composite Image of a Mouse/Rat
1.
Open the Image Action Tab and click onto the Multi-Image Actions Menu Button.
2.
The Image Compositing window appears.
3.
Select the number of images to make the composite. One RFP tumor, for example, will need two images
to create the composite.—a white light (or visible) image and a fluorescent image. (A Pseudocolor may
be added to the fluorescent image to create a colorful Pseudocolor map as shown below.)
4.
Use the drop down menu to open the saved image of the white light mouse or rat created using page 16
instructions for capturing a white light image.
5.
Use the drop down menu to open the saved image of the florescent mouse or rat created using page 17
instructions for capturing a fluorescent image.
6.
Select the Mode desired for your application. (Overlay is more pixilated, whereas Blend is smoothed out)
7.
Select the Pseudocolor map checkbox to view the legend of the colors depicted in the image.
8.
Select the desired florescent vs. white light combination by moving the Threshold slider for the image.
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Service Procedures
Return Procedure
A Returned Goods Authorization (RGA) number must be obtained from UVP Customer Service before
returning any product.
Replacement Parts and Accessories
Replacement parts and accessories part numbers are shown below. To order accessories or replacement
parts, contact UVP’s offices listed under Technical Support.
Part Description
Part Number
Bulb, Type EKE 150 Watt Halogen (for BioLite)
Power Cord, 100V/115V
Power Cord, 230V
34-0088-01
46-0023-38
46-0023-39
Thermal printer, digital archive quality 256-grayscale (Mitsubishi)
Thermal printer, digital archive quality 256-grayscale (Mitsubishi)
Thermal printer, digital archive quality 256-grayscale (Sony for Europe)
Thermal paper, Mitsubishi (4 rolls – 800 images)
Thermal paper, Sony high gloss (5 rolls – 1000 images)
Thermal paper, Sony glossy (5 rolls – 1000 images)
89-0069-06 (115V)
89-0069-07 (230V)
89-0069-15 (230V)
89-0038-01
89-0174-01
89-0031-01
Replacement Instructions
Bulb Replacement for the BioLite
The Type EKE 150 watt halogen bulb has a standard life of 200 hours. It must be replaced with the
same type bulb only. The UVP part number is 34-0088-01. The replacement procedure is as follows:
1.
After allowing the unit sufficient time to cool after last
use (at least a half of an hour), unplug the BioLite
from the wall. Then, use a wrench to open the bulb
access port on the bottom of the BioLite.
2.
Once the nut and access port cover have been
removed, take out the bulb using the mechanism built
into the bulb holder.
3.
Grasp the chrome wire to the left of the bulb, and
push it in the direction of the base of the bulb.
4.
Return the bulb removal mechanism to its original
downward, position.
5.
Insert the replacement EKE halogen 150 watt bulb,
making sure it fully seats.
6.
Replace cover and secure with nut before plugging
unit back in or turning it on.
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Service Procedures
Return Procedure
A Returned Goods Authorization (RGA) number must be obtained from UVP Customer Service before
returning any product.
Troubleshooting
No Power to the Darkroom
1.
Recheck main power cord connections to the darkroom.
2.
Check fuses, located at the back of the unit, near the power port. A flat-head screwdriver will be
required. Turn the fuseholder cap counterclockwise and the fuse holder will pop out. Inspect the
thin wire within the glass fuse to see if there is a break in the wire. If so, replace the fuse(s). If fuses
are blowing repeatedly, contact UVP Technical Support for additional troubleshooting.
Technical Support
UVP offers expert technical support on all UVP products If there are any questions about product use,
operation or repair, contact UVP’s offices at the locations below.
NOTE: A Returned Goods Authorization (RGA) number must be obtained from UVP’s Customer Service
prior to returning any product.
If you are in North America, South America,
East Asia or Australia:
If you are in Europe, Africa, the Middle East or
Western Asia:
Call (800) 452-6788 or (909) 946-3197, and ask
for Technical Support during regular business
days, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, PST.
Call +44(0) 1223-420022, and ask for Customer
Service during regular business days between 9:00
am and 5:30 pm.
E-mail your message to: info@uvp.com or
techsupport@uvp.com
E-mail your message to: uvp@uvp.co.uk
Fax Technical Support at (909) 946-3597
Fax Customer Service at
+44(0) 1223-420561
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Write to: UVP, LLC. 2066 W. 11 Street, Upland,
CA 91786 USA
Write to: Ultra-Violet Products Ltd. Unit 1, Trinity Hall
Farm Estate, Nuffield Road, Cambridge CB4 1TG UK
iBox and VisionWorks are registered trademarks of UVP, LLC.
Scientia, Visi-Blue, OptiChemi, BioChemi and BioLite are trademarks of UVP, LLC.
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