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Video-rate large-scale imaging with Multi-Z confocal microscopy

posted Mar 25, 2019, 6:23 AM by ­김형민‎(응용화학부)‎

Fast, volumetric imaging over large scales has been a long-standing challenge in biological microscopy. To address this challenge, we report an augmented variant of confocal microscopy that uses a series of reflecting pinholes axially distributed in the detection space, such that each pinhole probes a different depth within the sample. We thus obtain simultaneous multiplane imaging without the need for axial scanning. Our microscope technique is versatile and configured here to provide two-color fluorescence imaging with a field of view larger than a millimeter at video rate. Its general applicability is demonstrated with neuronal imaging of both Caenorhabditis elegans and mouse brains in vivo.