ScanImage®

the "Best-In-Class" software for controlling
laser scanning microscopes built for scientists.
Don't let the microscope control you!

ScanImage is a software package for controlling laser scanning microscopes. The application was first released in 2003 and the original version (r3.0) is described in Pologruto et al., Biomedical Engineering Online, 2003. See this list of papers that are enabled by ScanImage.

ScanImage uses the powerful vDAQ hardware for microscope control. For legacy systems, National Instruments hardware is also supported.

ScanImage runs on custom built microscopes and on commercial microscopes from Scientifica, Sutter and Thorlabs.
Contact sales to find out if ScanImage will work with your microscope! 


See what's new in ScanImage® version 2021

ScanImage Free*

  • Resonant Scanning
  • Linear Scanning

ScanImage Basic

  • vDAQ support
  • Resonant Scanning
  • Linear Scanning
  • 1 year of support included

scanImage Premium

*ScanImage Free was funded by a NIH R24 grant from 2014 to 2018. ScanImage Free is provided 'as-is' under the Apache 2.0 license.  Until further funding is secured, Vidrio is no longer able to develop, maintain and support ScanImage Free. 

Vidrio provides ScanImage Basic and ScanImage Premium as maintained and supported alternatives.

Don't Let the Microscope Control You!