Shelves with microscopes lined up

Zeiss Z1 light-sheet microscope

Technical spec and photo of the Zeiss Z1 Lightsheet microscope
Sample of cleared lung tissue imaged by lightsheet microscope

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Light-sheet microscopy is a fluorescence technique that projects a thin ‘sheet’ of excitation light perpendicular to the direction of observation. Only the focus plane is illuminated making it gentler on the sample and thus ideal for long-term live imaging of transparent samples such as zebrafish or organoids.

Light-sheet microscopy is also well suited to imaging larger cleared samples, such as this 6mm-cubed piece of cleared lung tissue, because of the potential imaging speed. (Sample prepared and imaged by Tessa Hughes, Rawlins lab.)