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A novel approach for automated analysis of cell attachment and spreading based on backscattered electron imaging by scanning electron microscopy

: Katsen-Globa, A.; Peter, L.; Zöllner, S.; Dörge, T.; Daffertshofer, M.; Preckel, H.; Schmitt, D.; Zimmermann, H.


Materials 2 (2009), Nr.3, S.1402-1416
ISSN: 1996-1944
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

The development of new materials for biological application requires in vitro testing of cell/surface interactions. Cell adhesion and spreading are difficult to quantify as most materials are non-transparent and transmission microscopy cannot be used. Contrast in reflection microscopy is rather poor. We propose an alternative method for the automated screening of cell attachment and spreading using backscattered electron imaging of scanning electron microscopy. The enhanced cell contrast permits study of cell/material interactions by little differences between cells and material.