Under the Microscope: Cheek Scrapings

This episode of “Cool Stuff Under the Microscope is focused on Human Cheek Scrapings (Nonkeratinized stratified squamous epithelium). A scraping of inside my cheek was taken using a toothpick and placed on a Microscope slide being spread with a coverslip and analysed under the Radical microscope (More info here) with a Nikon D5300 Digital Camera being used to image the cheek cells.

The images below are of cheek cells and scrapings but because the magnification is fairly low there is not a whole lot of detail in them, the image is by dark field.

Because the depth of field is so shallow (talking microns), the following images are focus stacked from a number of images through photoshop, and then finally edited in Lightroom. As always if there is anything (readily available) you are interested in looking at under the microscope let me know and I will see if I can add it to the list.