Confocal microscopy is an optical sectioning technique which enables us non-invasively
to look into cells and tissues and build up a three-dimensional image of these. The
technique is widely-used in universities, research institutions, hospitals and industry.
There are two main designs of confocal microscope; the point-scanner and the multiple-beam
(spinning disc) confocal. The point-scanner can precisely optically section a sample,
whilst the spinning disc system is good for rapidly capturing images of moving samples.
We hope to have examples of each of these two confocal systems available. You will
have an opportunity to explore and understand the advantages of each and how they
Areas covered include: image acquisition, single image collection, Z-stack formation,
3-D and 4-D reconstruction.
An RMS specialist will be on hand to advise and to give assistance, and there will
be a talk on the use and applications of optical sectioning and confocal microscopy