52nd Annual Meeting of the Microscopy Society of America
A microscopist is present with a special problem when asked to characterize a population of particles. In order to adequately describe the sample, it may be necessary to examine hundreds or even thousands of individual particles, recording the size, shape, identity or other parameters of interest. To manually characterize a statistically significant fraction of the sample could require many hours of tedious work at the scope, followed by still more tedious hours of data reduction. What is needed is a technique to automate the repetitive parts of this process: the recognition and characterization of particles in the sample and the reduction of data and presentation of results. This technique is automated particle analysis.
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