General Electron Microscopy Info

WHAT IS AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPE?

Electron microscopy (EM) is a special microscope used to obtain high-resolution images of biological and non-biological specimens. We use it to investigate the detailed structure of tissues, cells, organelles and macromolecular complexes.


Did you know that an Electron Microscope can magnify up to ×500 000?

We generally do not exceed X 50-80k for routine diagnostic work.

To put this into perspective, a normal light microscope magnifies to around x1000.

THE IMPORTANCE OF EM FOR DIAGNOSIS

EM is used as an important diagnostic tool in conjunction with light microscopy, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence techniques.


Ampath’s Electron Microscopy (EM) Laboratory assists in the diagnosis of renal diseases, ciliary dyskinetic syndrome, metabolic storage disease, and the identification of certain neoplasms.

ABOUT AMPATH’S EM DEPARTMENT

The Electron Microscopy laboratory was established in 1997 and operates as a unit within the Anatomical Pathology Department of Ampath’s National Reference Laboratory in Pretoria.


We are proud to say that Ampath is the only private pathology practice in South Africa that provides an Electron Microscopy service.

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