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With advancements in image processing and sensors, lens-free microscopy is ready for a closer look by researchers, industry, and consumers. Compared to traditional benchtop microscopes, lens-free techniques can cost less, reduce instrument size, enlarge the field of view, and improve throughput.
“The device [a lens-free microscope] is 10× smaller than a regular microscope. But the image, on the contrary, is 100× larger than any [other] microscope image,” said Cédric Allier, a project manager with the Grenoble, France-based research organization CEA-Leti.
Aydogan Ozcan displays hand-held, lens-free microscopes. The black one (left) is installed on a phone and uses the phone’s CMOS imager for…READ MORE