Assessing confocal microscopy systems for purchase

Peter Steyger

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Confocal laser scanning microscopy now has so many functions and applications that choosing a new multiuser confocal laser microscopy system can be a daunting task, particularly for a first-time buyer and new users of confocal microscopy. How does one determine which features are most appropriate for any particular laboratory, application, or imaging environment? Each confocal microscopy system has its own individual advantages and limitations, which ultimately defines its market niche. Here, we describe the features that differentiate the four confocal microscopy systems we assessed. The decisive factors in choosing a confocal microscopy system for our anatomical laboratory were user-friendly software for on-line acquisition and off-line processing; the working distances of objective lenses; applicability for a multiuser environment; interactions with company representatives; and turnaround times for questions, service, and accessories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-446
Number of pages12
JournalMethods: A Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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