Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Microscopy Mixes It Up

By combining multiple techniques, microscopy systems add capabilities and enhance performance
University of Illinois
(Figure 1) Using diffraction phase microscopy, researchers captured these images of red blood cells.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Figure 3: Magnetic resonance force microscopy combines magnetic-resonance imaging and atomic-force microscopy to obtain high-resolution tomographic images like this picture of a virus.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Figure 2: In magnetic resonance force microscopy, a cantilever embedded with the sample is brought close to a magnet. An RF signal repeatedly reverses the spins in the sample atoms, which causes the cantilever to oscillate, creating an image signal.

By Kristin Lewotsky

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulder of giants,” Isaac Newton once said. By taking existing technologies in new directions, research groups around the globe have developed powerful new instruments for studying matter.

As systems mature from laboratory experiments to practical tools, applications from healthcare to industrial manufacturing to security stand to benefit. AI

Kristin Lewotsky is a freelance technology writer based in Amherst, N.H.

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