Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Aorta under the Microscope

The aorta is the largest artery in the human body. The aorta starts at the left ventricle of the heart and stretches down to the abdomen where it bifurcates into two smaller arteries. The aorta's function is to deliver oxygenated blood to various parts of the body through the systemic circulation.

The microscope images below were captured first with brightfield and then with fluorescence microscopy.

microscope image of aorta, 400x
Aorta, 400x, captured with brightfield using the U2LCD microscope.
Fluorescence microscopy image 400x
Aorta, 400x, captured with the fluorescence microscope.
human aorta
Aorta Illustration courtesy Edoarado.
Microscopy images were captured using either the LCD tablet camera or the 5mega pixel microscope camera.

brightfield microscopy image
Human Aorta, 400x, Brightfield Microscopy

Human Aorta Fluorescence Microscopy
Human Aorta, 400x, Fluorescence Microscopy