Multi-Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy for High-Throughput Imaging in Connectomics Research

Anna Lena Eberle, Dirk Zeidler
2018 Frontiers in Neuroanatomy  
Major progress has been achieved in recent years in three-dimensional microscopy techniques. This applies to the life sciences in general, but specifically the neuroscientific field has been a main driver for developments regarding volume imaging. In particular, scanning electron microscopy offers new insights into the organization of cells and tissues by volume imaging methods, such as serial section array tomography, serial block-face imaging or focused ion beam tomography. However, most of
more » ... ese techniques are restricted to relatively small tissue volumes due to the limited acquisition throughput of most standard imaging techniques. Recently, a novel multi-beam scanning electron microscope technology optimized to the imaging of large sample areas has been developed. Complemented by the commercialization of automated sample preparation robots, the mapping of larger, cubic millimeter range tissue volumes at high-resolution is now within reach. This Mini Review will provide a brief overview of the various approaches to electron microscopic volume imaging, with an emphasis on serial section array tomography and multi-beam scanning electron microscopic imaging.
doi:10.3389/fnana.2018.00112 pmid:30618653 pmcid:PMC6297274 fatcat:ah75wn2edndqvd7nsmxavn54pa