The 15th European Microscopy Congress

Manchester Central, United Kingdom

was held on 16th - 21st September 2012

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Confocal Microscopy at the RMS Learning Zone

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 work.

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 each day.