Saturday, July 10, 2010

Combining digital scanned laser light-sheet fluorescence microscopy with incoherent structured-illumination microscopy


A high-contrast imaging method is introduced to visualize nontransparent objects by combining two powerful techniques(digital scanned laser light-sheet fluorescence microscopy with incoherent structured-illumination microscopy).

Here is the summary of the novel imaging method that is reported in Nature Methods July 2010 issue:
Recording light-microscopy images of large, nontransparent specimens, such as developing multicellular organisms, is complicated by decreased contrast resulting from light scattering. Early zebrafish development can be captured by standard light-sheet microscopy, but new imaging strategies are required to obtain high-quality data of late development or of less transparent organisms. We combined digital scanned laser light-sheet fluorescence microscopy with incoherent structured-illumination microscopy (DSLM-SI) and created structured-illumination patterns with continuously adjustable frequencies. Our method discriminates the specimen-related scattered background from signal fluorescence, thereby removing out-of-focus light and optimizing the contrast of in-focus structures. DSLM-SI provides rapid control of the illumination pattern, exceptional imaging quality and high imaging speeds. We performed long-term imaging of zebrafish development for 58 h and fast multiple-view imaging of early Drosophila melanogaster development. We reconstructed cell positions over time from the Drosophila DSLM-SI data and created a fly digital embryo.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this posting.
    Your blog is very knowledgeable!! Keep it always updated.
    Fluorescence Microscopes are useful laboratory equipment.

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