Through the Confocal Looking Glass

Leo K Cheng, PhD;

Jean-Marie Vanderwinden, PhD (Université libre de Bruxelles)

      
  
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 The human body is comprised of billions of cells, all working in unison to keep us alive. The gastrointestinal tract (gut) is also comprised of a network of different cell types.  What you are looking at is a 1x1 mm2 confocal image of the mouse intestine, at a resolution of 0.5 µm per pixel, which has been imaged using two-photon excitation microscopy.  The green channel illustrates the crypts in the epithelum, the red channel the capillaries and other cells. The white channel shows the collagen network.

 

The human body is comprised of billions of cells, all working in unison to keep us alive. The gastrointestinal tract (gut) is also comprised of a network of different cell types.

What you are looking at is a 1x1 mm2 confocal image of the mouse intestine, at a resolution of 0.5 µm per pixel, which has been imaged using two-photon excitation microscopy.

The green channel illustrates the crypts in the epithelum, the red channel the capillaries and other cells. The white channel shows the collagen network.