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Offline three_eyed_otter

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Imaging Cd-31
« on: November 04, 2008, 10:45:09 AM »
In my professors lab I have been given the task of counting capillay density from rat heart transverse cross-sections.  Nobody in the lab knows hows to get to mm2 or cm2 after taking an image.  We use image pro plus and an olympus Ix 71 to capture the images @ 20x magnification.  Basically when reporting the # of capillaries counted current literature usually expresses it as mm2 or cm2.  So after taking my image I am uncertain of the area that I am counting from.  How can I figure out how many mm2 or cm2 my counting area is.

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Imaging Cd-31
« on: November 04, 2008, 10:45:09 AM »

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Re: Imaging Cd-31
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 12:23:04 AM »
Since tissue is 3d it is more appropriate to report length density. This is in length per volume. The units of this are 1/mm or sometimes written as mm^(-1). Here I have used the caret symbol to represent exponentiation.

The number of capillaries per unit area is also in units of 1/mm, not mm2. Remember that the counts are not capillary counts, but capillary intercepts. This is an important distinction. A single capillary may be observed as forming more than 1 intercept on a slide. Under certain circumstances the number of intercepts per unit area is proportional to the length density of the capillaries in the tissue.

1. The capillary intercepts must be counted in an unbiased manner - use a counting frame
2. The sections used in the counting must be IUR.
3. The sampled areas used in the counting must be randomly chosen

When these conditions are met then the Lv = 2Qa formula applies.
Do more, less well. ~Ewald Weibel

Re: Imaging Cd-31
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2008, 12:23:04 AM »