A new microscopy technique developed by a consortium of universities has enabled unprecedented imaging of processes occurring deep within living cell structures. The technique involves passing an ultra-thin sheet of light repeatedly through the target area, effectively creating slices of the target volume. A computer can stitch the image data captured to create a 3-dimensional movie of the processes taking place in the cell. Furthermore, cell types can be distinguished from one another by marking them with different fluorescing dyes. The images can be cut into sections, rotated in 3 dimensions, and zoomed in on to study what is taking place. Color masking allows the different cell types to be isolated for detailed study.
There have been a number of significant advances in medical imaging technology made in recent years, but this is the most incredible yet. Watch the video and be amazed!