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Darkfield microscopy – Real-time observation of blood cells

Darkfield microscopy is a special technique in microscopy that allows transparent objects to be made visible by viewing them against a dark background.

For darkfield microscopy, a drop of blood is taken from the fingertip and viewed between two glass plates under the darkfield microscope, where up to a 1000-fold magnification can occur. Fascinating insights into living blood are obtained, and areas that cannot be captured by a “classic” blood test are examined. In darkfield microscopy, blood is mainly qualitatively assessed, and the observation provides information about the condition of white and red blood cells, plasma, and the microorganisms present in it. This allows the activity and functionality of blood cells to be assessed, including the formation of cells, the self-movement of cells, the flow properties of the blood, and much more. Observations provide insights into metabolic disorders, specific stresses, precursors of diseases, or illnesses. It makes clear to what extent the organism is burdened by toxins and microorganisms and how well or poorly the body’s defense copes with the corresponding burden.