Sorcerer Image Analysis System
Unrivalled versatility, speed and accuracy
The Sorcerer Image Analysis system is a powerful, automatic system with
a wide range of applications in both the life and material sciences. Sorcerer
has been developed to provide a versatile and fast analytical tool for
research and quality control.
A monochrome CCD video camera is used to
view the sample, either with a microscope, Petri-viewer, or macro stand
& lens. Various optical and illumination techniques are available
to ensure an optimal picture is presented for analysis. The computer monitor
displays the live image within a window together with status and tool
The system detects and measures objects by virtue of contrast differences using a camera resolution of 1392 x 1040 pixels.
Sorcerer utilises a matrix detection algorithm for situations where shading
is encountered, either induced by the sample or the illumination used.
The image can be reversed to allow those objects which appear lighter
than the background to be analysed.
Wide range of applications
Sorcerer can be used for many more applications including:
- Inhibition zone measurements
- Multipoint plate scanning
- Plaque counts
- Colony counting and sizing
- Antibiotic susceptibility and MIC assays
- Unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS)
- Particle size and shape analysis
- ELISPOT assay
- Pulp and paper quality
- Direct Epi-fluorescent filter technique
Wide range of customisations & measurement parameters
Circular, rectangular and user-drawn measurement frames are available
to suit the sample type and to select particular regions for analysis.
These are positioned and their dimensions adjusted using the three button
An easy to use macro builder allows you to create a sequence of operations
for a particular type of analysis. For example, to prompt the user to enter
sample details, perform image processing functions, measure and transfer
Sorcerer has software for both field and feature specific measurements.
Field measurements include count, area, perimeter, grey level and PPM.
Feature measurements which relate to individual objects include, area,
diameter, longest dimension and position.
Sorcerer has comprehensive software for analysis of individual objects
thereby allowing objects to be classified according to their size. Size
classification tables are easily defined and can include up to 50 classes
in any progression and on any measurement parameter such as diameter or
Size classification tables are defined by the supervisor and can include
up to 50 classes in any progression and on any feature measurement parameter.
Feature measurements can be used as include/exclude filters singly, or
in logical and/or combinations.
Instant, live data transfer to multiple formats
data is transferred directly to Microsoft Excel and can be processed as
required with macros set up either by Perceptive Instruments or by the
user. It is also possible to instruct Sorcerer to perform a measurement
from within Excel or other applications. Data can also be transferred
directly to Microsoft Access and Oracle database tables. For easy import
into third party applications, Sorcerer can also expert data in CSV comma
separated file format. Images captured by the camera can also be saved
to disk for future retrieval and transfer to document processing software.
Meeting regulatory requirements
Sorcerer is designed to conform to international GLPs and other regulatory
requirements. Encoded audit trail files automatically record all system
activity and all data. It is fully compliant with the FDA 21 CFR Part
11 Final Rule on Electronic Records and Electronic Signature. Comprehensive
support is available for specific data processing requirements such as
integration with bar code readers, LIMS and other third party software.