Cell monitoring with optical coherence tomography

Published:October 20, 2022DOI:


      Background aims

      We evaluated a commercially available instrument, OCTiCell (, for monitoring cell growth in suspended agitated bioreactors based on optical coherence tomography. OCTiCell is an in-line, completely non-invasive instrument that can operate on any suspended-cell bioreactor with a window or transparent wall. In traditional optical coherence tomography, the imaging beam is rastered over the sample to form a three-dimensional image. OCTiCell, instead uses a fixed imaging beam and takes advantage of the motion of the media to move the cells across the interrogating optical beam.


      We found strong correlations between the non-invasive, non-contact, reagent-free OCTiCell measurements of cell concentration and viability and those obtained from the automated cell counter, and the XTT viability assay, which is a colorimetric assay for quantifying metabolic activity.


      This novel cell monitoring method can adapt to different bioreactor form factors and could reduce the labor cost and contamination risks associated with cell growth monitoring.

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