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FAST-EM: ultra-fast automated multibeam electron microscope

Start acquiring electron microscopy images 100 times faster and making statistically significant conclusions from your data, whether that is in pathology, connectomics, toxicology, or cell biology.

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Acquire data from multiple sections in a matter of minutes

Are you looking to image 3D EM volumes of unprecedented scale? Meet FAST-EM, an ultra-fast automated multibeam electron microscope (EM), designed together with ThermoFisher, Technolution and TU Delft to make complex EM  workflows simple and efficient. FAST-EM can image biological thin samples at unprecedented speeds, and with a level of automation that enables large scale imaging without the need for constant supervision. Delivering powerful insights while keeping the workflows simple, this system allows you to shift the focus from microscope operation to data analysis. 

FAST-EM can be used to explore cell architecture, the interaction of neuronal circuits, and the analysis of any biological material in life sciences. It is extremely beneficial for large volume 3D imaging, large scale 2D imaging and, in general, as a tool that can significantly speed up daily microscopy facility work.

Key features

Image larger areas faster with multibeam EM
Image faster

High acquisition speed by using 64 electron beams and short dwell times

Focus on data analysis instead of acquisition
Focus on data analysis

Leave the system to automatically acquire complex datasets without constant supervision



Achieve high sustained throughput
Achieve high sustained throughput

Minimize the overhead during imaging with robust automation

Study the details and the big picture
Get the details and the big picture

Collect nanoscale detail while retaining larger context of the sample

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Working with FAST-EM

Experience an automated microscopy workflow with the most reliable and high throughput electron microscope.

Jacob Hoogenboom FAST-EM

FAST-EM offers new possibilities for my field of research - correlative light electron microscopy, especially in terms of neurons or system development. The electron microscope is now going to give volumes and areas that used to be the domain of light microscopy only.

Dr. Jacob Hoogenboom


Faculty of Applied Sciences, TU Delft

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How can I use FAST-EM for my research?

FAST-EM system is particularly beneficial for analysis of any biological material in life sciences and can be used in neurobiology, cell biology, histology, plant biology, digital pathology, and biomaterials.

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