Monday, May 18, 2009

Muscle Under the Microscope

The above image is human smooth muscle under a microscope at 400x magnification. This image was captured with a Canon SLR digital camera using the CSLR microscope camera adapter on the 163 compound microscope.

Smooth muscle is a type of non-striated muscle. Striated muscle refers to a muscle fiber that is formed into parallel fibers, most often found in skeletal and cardiac muscle. The image above is non-striated muscle and is found within the walls of hollow organs and in areas such as the bladder, uterus, abdominal cavity, GI tract, respiratory tract and iris of the eye. The smooth muscle prepared slide is included in the Histology prepared slide kit.