Embedding embryos for episcopic fluorescence image capturing (EFIC)


Episcopic fluorescence image capturing (EFIC) and high-resolution episcopic microscopy (HREM) are related techniques that are used to generate digital volume data and create three-dimensional (3D) images. Both techniques require specimens that are embedded in an appropriate medium, and images are captured from successive sections before removal from the embedded tissue block. EFIC detects autofluorescence emitted from the embedded tissue, whereas HREM requires the tissue to be stained with a fluorescent dye such as eosin. Different procedures are therefore necessary for embedding tissue for EFIC or HREM imaging. This protocol describes the procedure for embedding E11.5 mouse embryos for EFIC imaging. Processing times should be adapted for the size and nature of other specimens.

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Volume 7
Issue number 6
Pages 675-677
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