Flow Cytometry Within Reach
The BD Accuri® C6 is a personal flow cytometer that brings flow
cytometry within reach by being easy to use, simple to maintain,
The analytical power and versatility of
today’s laser-based flow cytometry systems
have unlocked the mysteries of cell biology
and empowered entirely new fields of
research. As a result, flow cytometry has
become a staple of modern laboratories
around the world. Innovations in ease of use
reflected in the BD Accuri® C6 make these
powerful capabilities more accessible to a
new generation of flow cytometry users.
The compact footprint and portable weight
of the BD Accuri C6 also make it a valuable
personal use tool for experienced researchers
who want a cytometer to be easily available
when and where they need it.
Many BD Accuri C6 customers can begin
collecting and analyzing data with the
help of a quick start guide. The intuitive
interface of the software guides the user
through workflows. The system takes in data
digitally over a 7-decade dynamic range
allowing researchers to easily re-analyze
data after it is collected. This helps ensure
that should data need to be re-examined
to accommodate new research, the data is
The BD Accuri C6 flow cytometer is small
enough to easily fit on a benchtop and
can be placed in a laminar flow hood. It
measures 11 x 14.75 x 16.5 inches (H x W x D)
(27.9 x 37.5 x 41.9 cm) and weighs just
30 pounds (13.6 kg).
The system is equipped with a blue and a red laser, two light
scatter detectors, and four fluorescence detectors with optical
filters optimized for the detection of fluorochromes such
as FITC, PE, PerCP, and APC. A compact optical design, fixed
alignment, and pre-optimized detector settings make the
system easier to use.
Optional filters and the Selectable Lasers Module expand the
available fluorochrome combinations. During manufacture,
laser and optical alignments are set and locked down.
The result is that each BD Accuri C6 flow cytometer is
manufactured with standardized fluorescence performance
so that users do not need to adjust detector voltages.
Data is digitally collected over a 7-decade dynamic range
(16 million channels of digital data), making all data
available to users as needed. Gating strategies and
fluorescence compensation values can be set before,
during, or after data collection. After data is collected,
the BD Accuri CFlow® software Zoom function allows
visualization of data at any scale, so that users can
precisely set gates and regions.
Should updates in the values be required later, or if
optimization is needed, simply change the settings and
re-analyze the data. This flexibility also allows data to be
re-examined to accommodate new research findings.
The system has been put through intense testing to ensure
the design can withstand rugged conditions. Provided the
system is anchored, it can run samples even if the benchtop
is in motion, for example, onboard a ship.