Microfluidic sorting, counting, manipulating and imaging
In cellular research (cellomics or cytology), lab-on-a-chip is used for cell counting, cell sorting and cell growth. Micronit chips are used in cell sorters allowing optical cell sorting of up to 1 billion cells per hour! The application of microfluidics in cellomics has many advantages. It leads to a decrease in reagent volumes and reaction time. Moreover, it enables accurate dosing methods and it increases the reproducibility of analysis.
Microfluidic devices make excellent tools to sort, count, manipulate and image cells. The dimensions of the microfluidic channels are in the same range as cell diameters allowing single cell sorting and counting.