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  Optical sectioning with a fluorescence confocal SLM: Procedures for determination of the 2-D digital modulation transfer function and for 3-D reconstruction by tessellation

Schormann, T., & Jovin, T. M. (1990). Optical sectioning with a fluorescence confocal SLM: Procedures for determination of the 2-D digital modulation transfer function and for 3-D reconstruction by tessellation. Journal of Microscopy-Oxford, 158, 153-164. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2818.1990.tb02988.x.

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Jovin, T. M.1, Author              
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1Department of Molecular Biology, MPI for biophysical chemistry, Max Planck Society, ou_578628              

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 Abstract: We have determined the operational parameters of a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) used for fluorescence imaging. The system performance was characterized by the modulation transfer function (MTF), calculated from an edge response function (ERF) corresponding to a standard test pattern overlaying fluorescence solutions on a microscopic slide. Signal truncation error was avoided by making the ERF continuous at its limits through superposition of a suitable linear curve. We determined an appropriate scanning step density by defining a compromise between the requirements of the sampling theorem with respect to aliasing and the need for minimal suppression of higher spatial frequencies. These procedures for choosing the sampling density of the total digital CSLM permit a systematic optimization of the image acquisition parameters. A reproducible digital image was obtained, an important prerequisite for subsequent 3-D image reconstruction. The latter was accomplished by first developing and applying a maximally automated algorithm for finding closed and distinct contours (corresponding to objects in the 2-D optical sections). The missing information between contour loops was then interpolated by tessellation (triangulation) using a minimal polygon edge length criterion capable of describing closed surfaces even for adjacent contours with highly dissimilar geometries. In this procedure, we define an average shift length which compensates for the inherent disadvantage of run length encoding algorithms applied to different starting points in successive planes. The surface segments were used to calculate 3-D representations by applying a shading model, in the present applications specifically to chromosome I and the nucleolus of polytenized Chironomus thummi salivary gland nuclei.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 1990-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 158 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 153 - 164 Identifier: ISSN: 0022-2720