[Keiichi Nakagawa] High-speed acoustic cytometry based on optical imaging

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Keiichi Nakagawa

University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Engineering


Analysis of characteristics of biological cells is necessary in both basic research and clinical practice, such as applications in tissue engineering and a diagnosis of cancer. As well as chemical properties, mechanical properties of cells are parameters in cytometry to distinguish specific cells from others. However, the today’s standard approach for measuring mechanical properties is a scanning method such as atomic force microscopy or acoustic microscopy, which cannot perform cell analysis in a short time. Here I develop an acoustic cytometer based on optical technologies. It will perform cell analysis 10,000 times faster than the conventional scanning method without labeling.

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