Advanced Microscopy unit
Department of Pathology
University of Helsinki
Services provided by this unit
This unit provide services
for advanced microscopic techniques including Electron Microscopy, Confocal microscopy, microscopic techniques based
special contrast method like Differential Interference Contrast (DIC), video
enhanced contrast DIC-microscopy and living cell image. The supervisor maintains all the
devices in a good condition and ready to use.
The supervisor provides scientific and
technical consultation and advices on Electron microscopy, confocal microscopy,
fluorescence microscopy, including choice of methods, project planning, tips and
tricks of specimen preparation, etc.
The supervisor provides scientific advice on
recognition of ultra structures of cells under electron microscope. Consultation on results
interpreting and evaluation of biological meaning for common ultra
structural changes is available to new EM users upon request.
Provides user training for new users of
Electron microscope and confocal microscope.
Provides guidance on how to use VEC-DIC
living cell imaging and image analysis software package.
Some special specimen preparation techniques
like critical drying, freeze drying, high resolution carbon or metal coating for
TEM or SEM can also be carried in this unit under help of the supervisor.
In the begining of 2013, TEM sample preparation lab was transferred to HUSLAB of university hospital. Routine tissue embedding, ultra thin
sectioning, frozen sectioning, staining, and prices are all subject to HUSLAB regulation. User should contact HUSLAB (see price section of this site for details)
Darkroom technical service like printing or
enlarging photos from EM negative film can be requested, but it is rarely used now, as all the TEM are now equipped with digital camera.
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