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Title: Short report: A simplified, low-cost method for polarized light microscopy
Authors: Richard J. Maude
Wanchana Buapetch
Kamolrat Silamut
Mahidol University
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2009
Citation: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Vol.81, No.5 (2009), 782-783
Abstract: Malaria pigment is an intracellular inclusion body that appears in blood and tissue specimens on microscopic examination and can help in establishing the diagnosis of malaria. In simple light microscopy, it can be difficult to discern from cellular background and artifacts. It has long been known that if polarized light microscopy is used, malaria pigment can be much easier to distinguish. However, this technique is rarely used because of the need for a relatively costly polarization microscope. We describe a simple and economical technique to convert any standard light microscope suitable for examination of malaria films into a polarization microscope. Copyright © 2009 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
ISSN: 00029637
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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