Abstract

A computer-microscope system is described for use in capturing accurate, quantitative schematic (map) information from anatomical tissue sections. The system provides a rapid and convenient environment for acquisition and analysis of complex structures spread over large 3-D regions of the tissue. As a consequence of the complexity and subtlety of tissue analysis, most of the data acquisition functions of the system involve tight coupling between the hardware and the microscopist to preserve access to human judgment and intelligence. The instrument profoundly affects the ease and accuracy of neurobiological data analysis, making it practical to address previously inaccessible problems. Examples of data analyzed using the system are shown.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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