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Total Flexibility with Phosphor Imaging

Azure Sapphire: the Ultimate Phosphor Imager

While fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging techniques and their detectors are becoming more sensitive and selective, photo-stimulated luminescence from phosphor storage plates remains a key application for many researchers. The Sapphire’s ability to phosphor image comes in handy especially for applications such as electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA), enzyme assays, and in-vivo imaging.

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Phosphor Imaging

Rely on a wide dynamic range for sensitive detection and higher sensitivity—both of which are necessities when conducting phosphor imaging.

The Sapphire can scan storage phosphor screens, allowing you to also move away from film-based autoradiography.

exceptional dynamic range and image quality

Exceptional visible fluorescent and near infra-red scanning

The compact Sapphire Biomolecular Imager incorporates visible fluorescent and NIR scanning along with true chemiluminescent and white light imaging. It’s a true making it a true lab workhorse.

As scientists, we like to pride ourselves on objectively evaluating data before coming to any conclusions, and staying open to new ideas if they are better supported by new information. Purchasing a new piece of lab equipment should be no different, especially when it comes to instruments that we entrust to make measurements and record data for our critical studies.

Whole Mouse Scan on Sapphire
Mouse embryo on Sapphire

Effortlessly Scan screens for filmless autoradiography

High-quality images, large dynamic range​

The Sapphire is able to scan storage phosphor screens with exceptional dynamic range and image quality, thanks to the use of laser excitation and photon multiplier tube (PMT) detection.

The compact Sapphire Biomolecular Imager also incorporates exceptional visible fluorescent and near infra-red scanning along with true chemiluminescent and white light imaging, making it a true lab workhorse.

data integrity and reproducibility matter

It’s critical the instruments that generate your data are reliable.

Doing the research to find a new piece of equipment and ensuring that it meets your lab’s needs for quality and capabilities can be time-consuming, and is probably not the type of research you had in mind when you became a scientist. Let our team of imaging experts help you find the right laser scanner for your studies.

ALL Sapphire Applications

  • Quantitative Western blotting
  • NIR Western blotting
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Protein gel documentation
  • DNA gel documentation
  • In-gel imaging/in-gel Westerns
  • Protein array imaging
  • EMSA
  • 2D-DIGE
  • Reporter gene assays
  • Tissue imaging/Tissue section imaging
  • Small model organism imaging
  • Phosphor imaging
  • In-cell/on-cell ELISA
  • 2D DNA gels
  • Densitometry
  • MORE
Fluorescent Western blots with up to four color detection
Get faster workflows and more reliable quantitation
Track protein movement through tissue in small animals
Lymphatic antigen tracking in mouse hindpaw 
Sensitive chemiluminescent detection
Maximize your Western blot workflow options
View and quantify 35S-labeled proteins in 2D gels
Perform proteomics analysis on metabolically-labeled samples



Document TypeDescription
Application NotePhosphor Imaging with the Sapphire Biomolecular ImagerDOWNLOAD
BrochureSapphire Applications OverviewDOWNLOAD
BrochureSapphire Biomolecular ImagerDOWNLOAD

Scientists are Raving about Sapphire

“The Sapphire imager is one of our lab's main work horse instruments. It is used on a daily basis for fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging of Western blots and plates. The image quality and resolution of the imager are top notch. The ability to image a single blot in multiple wavelengths is a great advantage as it saves precious samples, time and reagents. Customer support has been awesome and I would highly recommend this instrument to anyone looking to add fluorescent scanning to their lab."

Tim Jensen

Main work horse instrument

— Tim Jensen Research Analyst, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

"This is a high quality imager that has a strong value for the usability vs. price. The imager is highly programmable, supporting multiple applications, and returns sensitive and high quality data. The imager has also been reliable, with no errors, breakdowns, or problems. Adding to this, the sales staff, particularly David Grothen, are fantastic. They have worked with us, got us a great deal, and have been very supportive post-purchase. Buy it, you won't be sorry!"

Great value, powerful, flexible, reliable. Buy it!

— John Streicher, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, University of Arizona

“My lab has a Sapphire Imager RGB-NIR with 4 lasers for over a year and a half now. This has been a workhorse for us as we use it for fluorescent gels and western blots regularly. My researchers have been happy with it and I am pretty happy with the imager."

Use it for fluorescent gels and western blots regularly

— Allen P. Liu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

“We purchased the Sapphire imager to replace our obsolete typhoon scanner and could not be happier with the performance and ease of use. Equipped with multiple lasers, it is possible to probe for many proteins at high resolution and with great sensitivity. We primarily use the system for western blotting and fluorescent slide scanning and have had clear, publishable results. The software is easy to use and has many practical features. Customer service is amazing – they are always available, informative, and as scientists, they assist with troubleshooting experimental design and optimizing results. This product is highly recommended for anyone who routinely uses electrophoresis, cell-based, or slide-based analyses with fluorescent or chemiluminescent detection.”

Sharyn Rossi

Replaced our obsolete typhoon scanner

​— Sharyn Rossi, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging

"Sapphire RGBIR is a powerful and quality laser scanner in our laboratory. Its high-performance laser light sources, high-sensitivity detector and 10μm highest resolution gives us high-quality data; Its multiplex fluorescence channels and CCD-based function makes us can develop several methods to verify and get an accurate result. For us, the most important thing of the large precision instrument besides good quality, performance is service. Azure’s good service is better than most of other manufacturers because of the professional regular service about twice a year and the technical support without delay when asked.”

Technical support without delay when asked

— Minhua Dou Huzhou, Nutrition and Health Industry Innovation Center, CAS

"The scanner is definitly the top model available on the market. It starts up fast, and doesnt need to warm up. The scanning is very sharp and time saving. It also gives a wide range of intensity dynamics. This machine gives us excellent publishing grade results. We recently relocated the machine, and our sales and service care manager Nicole gave us a lot of instruction on transporting and hand on hand calibration. She is very kind and responsible. We are all looking forward to cooperating with her in our coming new lab next year."

Excellent scanning results, perfect service team.

— Peter Cheung, Hong Kong University

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