Immune Monitoring Laboratory at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


CMS - 1.6.8 - Pouebo

Sector Imager 2400 (Meso Scale Discovery)


The Sector Imager 2400 is a microplate detection platform built around a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera.  Electrodes are built directly into microplates to apply an electric potential to electrochemiluminescence (ECL) labels, stimulating luminescence signals on analytes.  This technique has high sensitivity due to a lack of background noise in the production of the chemiluminescent signal, hence is well suited to measuring analytes in serum and plasma.


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System Components

  • Single and multiplex (up to 10-plex per well) plate formats
  • 96- and 384-well plates
  • Highly sensitive imaging detection systems
  • Rapid read times (reads a plate in just over 3 minutes)
  • Simultaneous reading of bar code labels on both short and long sides of microplates
  • No complicated fluidics
  • Six-log dynamic range


  • Electrical stimulation gives rise to light output, thus removing issues of auto- fluorescence and other optical issues associated with using light for excitation of a reporter conjugate.
  • The localized nature of ECL around the electrode surface allows for wash-free detection procedures, as only surface captured reporter will respond to stimulation.
  • Cost of requiring preprinted microtitre plates with proprietary electrode layers built into each well.
  • Currently available multiplexing assays using this platform extend to 10 analytes per well of a 96 well plate.


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