What is the Bright field microscope and How does it work.
Bright field microscopy is the basic type of microscopy.
Biological specimens are viewed by contrast which works through the absorption of stain by
a specimen(Microscopemaster.com, 2014). The specimen, non living, ( cells and tissues)
may not be naturally highly absorbing, so the specimen is stained so that cellular features
can be identified (Berkeley Physics, 2014). The bright field microscope works by aiming a
light towards the collector lens, here the condenser focuses the amount of light specified
through the specimen, and with staining and other techniques the specimen can be viewed
clearly through magnification. (Microscopy U – The Source for Microscopy Education, 2014)
Steps in preparing a tissue section, ready for mounting on a microscope slide and ready for staining.
Fix your specimen, it preserves the tissue (Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner,
2014) and keeps it attached to the slide during the staining process. (Rolls and
Dehydrate it (it should be washed after fixation)
Clearing is the removal of the dehydrating agent
Embedding: The tissue will have it’s liquid replace with Paraffin wax, making it hard
enough to be stained and used. (Man Anatomy, 2014).
Sectioning: Tissue is sliced thinly
Now the specimen is able to be mounted and stained.
The Haematoxylin and Eosin staining method, its purpose and the results.
Dip blood smear in Fixer five times for one second each time. Drain off remaining
Repeat when dipping in Red Stain
Repeat when dipping in Blue Stain
Wash stain with distilled water and allow to dry (VetLogicVideo, 2007)
It is used to provide Histological examination of tissue sections. Because it is charged-Based
Hematoxylin, the base will stain Basophilic parts blue (Histology University of Leeds. 2014)
(these parts are positive so they will attract a negative dye (Feinberg Northwestern
University, 2014)) and Eosin stains acidophilic parts (basic pH and are mainly Cytoplasmic,
such as protein products) pink (Fischer and Jacobson et al., 2008).
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http://www.mananatomy.com/histology/preparation-tissue-microscopy Viewed on the 11th of
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Advancements; Advantages and Disadvantages.
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Viewed on the 10th of February.
VetLogicVideo, 2007, Making a blood smear, http://www.vetlogic.uk.co Viewed on the 7th of
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