Live-cell imaging of any culture vessel within 6 minutes

The world’s smallest live-cell imager

The all-new CytoSMART™ Omni is the first affordable automated live-cell imager that fits inside a standard cell culture incubator. It can acquire a bright-field scan of any cell culture vessel within minutes and provides almost instant cloud-based image analysis of your cell culture.

Fast – Faster than any automated live-cell imager ever seen
Flexible – Any type of transparent culture vessel can be scanned
Compact – Fits in any cell culture incubator

The world’s fastest live-cell imager

The CytoSMART™ Omni can acquire a brightfield scan of your entire cell culture
vessel within minutes. Not only the scanning process is fast, setting up your experiment is also done within a few minutes, after which the CytoSMART™ Omni does the work for you. The scan is made and uploaded to the CytoSMART™ Cloud (powered by Microsoft Azure) where our custom image analysis algorithms evaluate the scan within minutes. This allows you to quickly set up your experiment and walk away, so you can spend your precious time on data analysis instead of obtaining data.​

Optimum culture conditions

The CytoSMART™ Omni is so compact, it easily fits inside any cell culture incubator. Next to this, the shape of the CytoSMART™ Omni is especially designed so it does not affect the temperature and airflow inside the incubator. This enables you to perform your experiments at the optimum culture conditions for your cells, without any fluctuations in temperature or CO2-level. Because the CytoSMART™ Omni is placed inside the incubator, you can even scan samples cultured under hypoxia without the need to worry about changes in O2- level. Your colleagues will like this device too, since it is so compact that there is still space left in the incubator for their cell cultures.

Set up and walk away

The straightforward Omni app allows anyone in your lab to use the CytoSMART™ Omni without extensive training. Just place the device inside your cell culture incubator, connect it to a computer and start the Omni app. Place your culture vessel on the optical window of the Omni, follow the intuitive steps of the Omni app, start your experiment and walk away.​


The large optical window of the CytoSMART™ Omni enables you to easily visualize any well plate, culture flask, petri dish or other labware that fits underneath the light arc. You can simply monitor the health of your cells cultured in flasks or dishes or conduct a wide variety of assays in a 96-well plate. Because of the open design of the CytoSMART™ Omni, you can even perform flow-based experiments in microfluidic devices without any difficulty regarding the tubing (see images on the left).​

Higher accuracy​

The large area scan acquired by the CytoSMART™ Omni is captured by moving the optics instead of the sample. The CytoSMART™ Omni hardware is designed to make scanning extremely repeatable, increasing the accuracy of your time-lapse data. It also enables you to perform experiments with sensitive or non-adherent cells, since your cells are undisturbed throughout the entire experiment duration. Furthermore, data accuracy is increased by analyzing the total surface area of each well, instead of taking just one image per well using conventional microscopy.

Cloud-based image analysis​

Once you have started your experiment the images taken by the CytoSMART™ Omni are directly uploaded to the CytoSMART™ Cloud. Once the entire scan is uploaded, it is evaluated by our CytoSMART™ cloud-based image analysis software. Currently you can either select confluence or scratch assay analysis. However, more analysis tools, such as colony detection, will become available soon. In the future, you will even be able to upload your own image analysis algorithm to our cloud environment. Visualization of the results is done in the map view mode in the CytoSMART™ Cloud. Next to this, you are also able to follow the change in confluence or scratch area over time, create groups to compare different culture conditions with each other and download raw data, graphs, images and videos of your experiment. ​

Easy access. Anywhere. Anytime.​

The images taken with the CytoSMART™ Omni are analyzed and visualized in the CytoSMART™ Cloud. After each scan, the results of your experiment are updated so the experiment can be monitored in almost real-time via the CytoSMART™ Cloud on your smartphone, tablet, or computer from anywhere you like. Another benefit of cloud-based data storage and analysis is that you can easily share your experiments with your colleagues. Because only one master copy of your experiment data is stored in the CytoSMART™ Cloud, you always retain tight control over who can access your experiments. Besides, the terabytes of storage space available on the CytoSMART™ Cloud allow you to store tons of data without any inconvenience of the use of hard drives or USB-drives.​


Using the integrated cloud-based image analysis algorithms, you can perform cell culture quality control, proliferation, cytotoxicity and cell migration (wound healing) experiments in just a few clicks. Using commercially available image analysis programs (e.g. ImageJ, Matlab, Python) you can use the images obtained with the CytoSMART™ Omni for applications such as: 3D spheroid formation, neurite formation, angiogenesis, etc.


Cell culture quality control: Track cell proliferation over time to monitor any irregularities in cell growth and distribution.

Cell migration: Investigate the effect of specific treatments on collective cell migration in 2D using scratch (wound healing) assays or exclusion zone assays. 

Cytotoxicity: Measure the effect of (toxic) compounds on cell viability in real-time using our cloud-based confluence analysis. 

Cell proliferation: Automatically measure cell proliferation over time using our label-free live-cell imaging tools.

Colony detection: Follow the change in number, size and circularity of 2D cell colonies over time using our online colony detection algorithm. 

Unit dimensions 396 x 345 x 171 mm (L x W x H)
Weight 9 kg
Optics Brightfield with digital phase contrast
Magnification 10x fixed objective
Light source LED
Camera 5 MP CMOS
Scan area 94 x 132 mm
Exported formats PNG, XLSX
Well plate types 6 - 96 well plates
Culture flask types T25 - T225 and triple flasks
Other labware Anything transparent and lower than 55 mm
Operating environment 5-40 °C, 20-95% humidity
Support Via mail and live chat
Frequently Asked Questions

The device takes about 6,000 images in an area of 94 x 132 mm, that are uploaded to the CytoSMART™ Cloud. There, they are combined into one scan and subsequently analyzed using our custom image analysis algorithms.


You can specify the interval rate between 1 - 24 h or choose to perform a single scan.

The magnification is equal to the magnification of a microscope with a 10X objective.

Currently you can choose between confluence and scratch assay analysis. However, new image analysis algorithms, such as colony detection, will be added to our cloud-based image analysis library soon. In the future, it will also be possible to add your own image analysis algorithm to our cloud-based image analysis library.


Yes, the CytoSMART™ Omni is designed to be used inside a cell culture incubator. Its hardware and electronics can operate at 5 - 40 °C and between 20 - 95% humidity.


No, our image analysis algorithms are designed to evaluate unlabeled cells, so you don’t have to add (toxic) dyes to your cells, leading to non-invasive analysis of your cells.


Yes, the device can only be used with a Windows-based computer with a USB3.0 port (which can also be purchased at CytoSMART™). A WiFi or wired ethernet connection is necessary to be able to connect to the CytoSMART™ Cloud for data storage and analysis.


Any culture vessel that is lower than 55 mm (height of the light arc) can be scanned. However, the size of the scan is limited to 94 x 132 mm, which exactly fits a T175 flask. In case you would like to image larger vessels, you cannot image the entire surface.


The scans are uploaded to the CytoSMART™ Cloud because of the vast amount of data that is created with the CytoSMART™ Omni. In order to store and analyze the gigabytes of data, you would need a high-end local computer which costs a lot more compared to cloud-based storage and analysis. Furthermore, the CytoSMART™ Cloud is powered by the Microsoft Azure, which is one of the most secure cloud-platforms. This ensures safe
storage of your data and allows you to retain tight control over data sharing.


Clean the device using lint-free wipes and ethanol (70%) or isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Do not use acetone to clean the device. The device cannot be autoclaved.

Yes, after sterilizing with ethanol (70%) or IPA, the device can be used in a cleanroom.

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Do you want to scan a full plate? Do you want to scan, analyze and report up to 96 wells in just a few minutes? Don’t hesitate and try our amazing CytoSMART Omni now.​

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