A review of medical microscopy techniques

Christine Connolly (Stalactite Technologies Limited, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Examines some of the recent technical developments that are leading to a wider use of powerful methods in medical microscopy.


Reviews some of the microscopic techniques relevant to medicine, then looks at hardware developments in microscopes, filters and cameras.


Highly sophisticated techniques such as time‐resolved fluorescence measurements are now incorporated in turnkey instruments, using picosecond diode lasers for accurate measurement of fluorescent lifetimes. Advances in optical fibre coating technology in the telecoms field have led to improved filters for fluorescence microscopy, and imaging allows the detection of non‐visible wavelengths and very low light levels. Many microscopes are modular, so that users can upgrade to further capabilities at will. Automatic medical diagnosis software is coming onto the market.


Highlights the hardware and software developments that are enabling powerful microscopic methodologies to enter into general use.



Connolly, C. (2005), "A review of medical microscopy techniques", Sensor Review, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 252-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/02602280510620097

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