Thursday, February 23, 2017

Liver Under the Microscope

The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly, protected by the ribs. The liver weighs about three pounds and is reddish-brown in color. If you were to touch the liver it would feel rubbery.

There are two large sections that make up the liver: the right and left lobes. The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb and process food.

The liver's primary job is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it along to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins that are important for blood clotting and other functions.

The images below are of a pig's liver and were captured under the RB30 biological microscope using the HDCAM4 high definition microscopy camera.

Microscope World image of a pig's liver under a biological microscope at 40x magnification.
Pig's Liver under the Microscope at 40x.

Microscope World image of a pig's liver captured under the microscope at 100x.
Pig's Liver under the Microscope at 100x.

Microscopy image of pig's liver captured by Microscope World at 400x magnification.
Pig's Liver under the Microscope at 400x.