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Iowa State University

1998

Iowa State University Veterinarian

Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering

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College Obtains Confocal Microscope, Julie Schneider Jan 1998

College Obtains Confocal Microscope, Julie Schneider

Iowa State University Veterinarian

Iowa State University recently acquired a Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope. The microscope is located at 1082 Veterinary Medicine in the Image Analysis facility. Confocal microscopy is an improvement over conventional light and fluorescence microscopy in that a finely focused laser beam that rapidly scans the specimen at a single depth illuminates the specimen. Only a thin plane is illuminated within the object, and objects outside of the plane have little effect on the quality of the image. The result is a crisp, blur-free image. Images from optical sections taken at different depths can be stored in a computer and used ...