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Confocal microscope as a tool for probing 3-D geometry
Author(s): Vyvyan Howard
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Paper Abstract

In classical stereology we apply geometrical probes in 3-D by cutting the object physically into thin sections and then applying a 2-D grid to the section. Depending on the dimensionality of the grid (Points, lines, surfaces) we can obtain unbiased estimates of volume surface and length. This process necessarily destroys the specimen. With the confocal microscope we have a tool which can non-destructively interrogate the microstructure of objects with geometrical probes of between 0- and 3-dimensions, repeatedly if indicated. This is leading to new ideas in the field of stereology, in particular with the measurement of 0-dimensional properties such as particle number, spatial distribution and connectivity. These ideas and key references are given herein.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1245, Biomedical Image Processing, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19540
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Vyvyan Howard, Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1245:
Biomedical Image Processing
Alan Conrad Bovik; William E. Higgins, Editor(s)

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