Researchers at VisionGate, a Seattle, WA company, with the help of scientists at the University of Washington developed a new three dimensional microscope that uses light to scan individual cells from all angles. Similar to a CT scanner, the device rotates a cell encased in a gel in front of a microscope. Using proprietary software, the device reconstructs volumetric structures within cells, such as chromosomes, and these can be used as markers for cancer and other conditions.
After the jump, check out a video of a cell that belongs to a the muntjac deer species. Its six chromosomes have been colored with a fluorescent dye. The resolution of the image is 0.35 micrometers – about three times better than that of the 2-D images currently used for cancer diagnoses.
Read the full report from the University of Washington…
VisionGate technology page with videos of imaged cells: PROPRIETARY CELL-CT™ PLATFORM