AR-2000 radio-TLC Imaging Scanner

Radio-TLC Imaging Scanner


The AR-2000 radio-TLC Imaging Scanner has become the industry ‘Gold Standard’ in the detection of radiolabeled compounds in TLC plates and also in the purity analysis of [18F]FDG.

The system provides direct digital counting of all radioisotopes, including high-energy positron emitters and low energy betas, such as tritium [3H], without the need to exchange detectors. AR-2000’s design guarantees quantitative accuracy and reproducibility in thin-layer chromatography applications in both important metabolism studies, as well as in simple radiochemical purity measurements.

Detail Information

The former BIOSCAN Analytical Instruments have been used in nuclear medicine and radiopharmacy laboratories for over 25 years. Their reputation for providing low-cost, easy-to-use and reliable equipment is unmatched by any other company. Thousands of laboratories around the world rely on BIOSCAN Analytical Instruments to meet their daily quality control requirements as well as to aid researchers in developing new compounds.

The AR-2000 Imaging Scanner is the industry ‘Gold Standard’ for analyzing [18F]FDG purity, 3H and 14C, on TLC plates, gels and blots. The system provides direct digital counting of all radioisotopes including positron emitters, which guarantees quantitative accuracy and reproducibility for important metabolism experiments and radiochemical purity measurements. The AR-2000 is linear over 4-5 decades of activity, a range 100 – 1,000 times greater than the linear range of X-ray film, providing fast and reliable analyses. The scanner uses a gas-filled proportional counter, which can detect all beta and gamma emitting isotopes. An entire TLC lane can be imaged in less than one minute. Multiple lanes can be analyzed in a single automated run without operator intervention.

Included WinScan Software
The system includes WinScan Software for instrument control and data analysis results are presented as chromatograms to 2D images. Quantitation of peaks is automatically performed and a report showing the method used, chromatogram and percent of total activity for each peak is provided. WinScan Software provides an easy-to-use interface for AR-2000 operation and radio-chromatographic analysis, including instrument control, method definition and storage, data acquisition, quantitative analysis and reporting functions.


  • PET / Nuclear Medicine: Fast, accurate results for in vivo SPECT or PET radiopharmaceutical compounds labeled with 18F, 11C, 99mTc, 111In, etc. Radiopharmaceutical quality control and synthesis process control.
  • Pharmaceutical metabolite analysis: Radioisotope flexibility and manual or automatic peak analysis for low or high activity products, using beta (3H, 14C), gamma or positron-labeled compounds.
  • Radiotracer toxicology studies: High sensitivity for quantitative measurement of 14C-labeled organic compounds and agrichemicals.
    Lipid biosynthesis / Lipid analysis: 1D and 2D analysis of complex lipids, phospholipids and glycolipids by TLC with no cutting, scraping or transfer for fast quantitative results.
  • Radiolabeled reporter gene or enzyme assays: Simplifies the analysis and improves accuracy for traditional radioisotopic CAT or enzymatic conversion assays using TLC.
  • Quantitative biochemical separations and planar samples using radiolabeled compounds: Programmable scanning and quick-change magnetic collimators for resolution and sensitivity optimization.