The big reveal: Workhorse + Innovation = more information
In this short series of articles, Dr Paul Kippax is looking at how recent innovations are substantially enhancing the value and informational productivity of some of our established and trusted analytical techniques. This time, the addition of Raman spectroscopy to automated imaging…
The established technique: Automated imaging
Few approaches to particle characterization are more instantly revealing than automated image analysis. Far faster and less labor-intensive than manual microscopy, automated imaging is extremely useful for applications where particle shape, as well as size, is known to be important. The image acquisition and processing technology that underpin the performance of automated imaging instruments has been transformed in recent decades, such that the technique is now used routinely throughout the product development lifecycle, from R&D through to general QC and manufacturing troubleshooting applications, most especially in the pharmaceutical industry.