SPOT Imaging Solutions -  Digital Microscope Cameras, Microscope Software, Microscope Adapters, Microscope Stands, and Complete Systems for Bioresearch and Clinical Imaging
cameras, microscopes, and macro imaging systems for science and industry

About SPOT Imaging Solutions

SPOT Imaging Solutions develops integrated imaging systems for clinical, bioresearch, education and industrial applications. The systems are recognized worldwide for their ease of use, excellent performance, high reliability and incredible customer support.

SPOT Imaging Solutions manufactures scientific CCD and CMOS digital cameras, imaging software, macro imaging stands, camera adapters,and stereo microscope support stands. The company is also an authorized distributor of Carl Zeiss microscopes and other high quality imaging equipment.

Global distribution is available through direct representatives, local distributors, and the online webstore. OEM projects are facilitated by in-house software development and engineering teams.

SPOT Imaging Solutions was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA.


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We know all too well how important deadlines are and how fleeting time is. With this in mind, we designed our 35,000 square foot building to maintain our team under one roof and in one time zone. Our engineering and manufacturing facility is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in the USA. We are capable of large-scale production but remain flexible enough to accommodate special needs.

  • 1500 sq. ft. clean room
  • Mechanical, electrical and testing laboratories
  • Lean manufacturing practices
  • RoHS compliant
  • Revision control
  • Engineering change notice process

6540 Burroughs Sterling Heights, MI

SPOT Imaging Solutions

a division of Diagnostic Instruments, Inc.

6540 Burroughs
Sterling Heights, MI 48314 USA
Toll Free: +1 (866) 604-SPOT
Phone: +1 (586) 731-6000
Fax: +1 (586) 731-6469

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Diagnostic Instruments Inc. was founded in 1967 by Angelo Merlo to develop scientific research instruments. The first summer of the bootstrap company encompassed the construction of the corporate headquarters: a 1500 square foot structure that was built by hand by Angelo, his brothers, and their children in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Early research and development resulted in over 20 patents related to the novel use of microwave sensing technology, including the Microwave Combustion Analyzer and Belt Tension Audit System. Other projects included high resolution electrocardiograph systems for studying myocardial infarct recovery in heart attack patients, fetal heart monitoring systems, reaction time recording systems for substance abuse studies, agricultural seed planter monitors and valve seat inspection systems.

Simultaneously, another part of the company began developing imaging components for the scientific and microscope market. Early designs provided the microscope marketplace with imaging couplers for video and 35mm cameras, transmitted light illuminators, and various support stands.

In 1990, Angelo Merlo retired and turned over the reins to three of his children, Patrick, Linda, and Philip. By 1993, the microscopy instrument group eclipsed the research/inspection instrument group and its resources were put toward the development of digital cameras for microscopy. January 1997 heralded the introduction of the SPOT Color Digital Camera and SPOT Imaging Software, which was the first color digital camera designed specifically for microscopy. 1999 ushered in the SPOT RT Color Digital Camera, which included a novel Real Time preview window. In 2000, the SPOT Insight camera was introduced, providing an everyday camera for routine brightfield microscopy.

The global success of these cameras caused Diagnostic Instruments to grow and expand. A large, state-of-the-art addition was added to the original Michigan building to house the employees and manufacturing facility. In the new building, Diagnostic Instruments continued developing camera models to incorporate the latest imaging innovations, producing the SPOT Flex, SPOT Pursuit, SPOT Xplorer and SPOT Idea camera models. Diagnostic Instruments now manufactures a full product line of camera models and complete imaging systems for a wide variety of applications. To reflect this, the Diagnostic Instruments company name was changed to SPOT Imaging Solutions in 2008.

SPOT Imaging Solutions continues to provide the biomedical research and clinical markets with the latest robust high performance imaging solutions to meet their demanding needs.