UNIT 2.16 Evaluation and Purchase of Confocal Microscopes: Numerous Factors to Consider

  1. Robert M. Zucker1,
  2. Michael Chua2

Published Online: 1 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/0471142956.cy0216s54

Current Protocols in Cytometry

Current Protocols in Cytometry

How to Cite

Zucker, R. M. and Chua, M. 2010. Evaluation and Purchase of Confocal Microscopes: Numerous Factors to Consider. Current Protocols in Cytometry. 54:2.16:2.16.1–2.16.12.

Author Information

  1. 1

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Toxicology Assessment Division, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

  2. 2

    Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility and Cell & Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: OCT 2010


The purchase of a confocal microscope is a difficult decision. Many factors need to be considered, which include hardware, software, company, support, service, and price. These issues are discussed to help guide the purchasing process. Curr. Protoc. Cytom. 54:2.16.1-2.16.12. © 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • confocal microscope;
  • fluorescence;
  • lasers;
  • quality;
  • assurance;
  • spectral imaging;
  • laser scanning