The Use of Infrared Thermography as a Novel Approach for Real-Time Validation of PCR Thermocyclers

Hugo Ahlm Grønlund, Charlotta Löfström, Jens Bue Helleskov, Jeffrey Hoorfar

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Validation of PCR thermocycler performance is crucial to obtain reliable results. In this study, infrared (IR) thermography was evaluated as a novel validation tool.
After stabilisation, no significant difference in the temperatures recorded using thermography and a reference blockbased system was found. By employing IR thermography, information about the length of the time until temperature stabilisation in the sample could be obtained. This study shows the potential of using IR thermography for validation of thermocyclers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Analytical Methods
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)116–119
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • PCR
  • Thermocycler
  • Thermal Cycler
  • Infrared Thermography
  • Validation

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