Resolution in light microscope autoradiography using a carbon-14 labelled line source



Light microscope autoradiographs were prepared from a 14C line source. Two factors that affect resolution were studied: emulsion thickness and section thickness. The distribution around the line source was determined using the half-distance (HD) value to quantify the resolution. An increase in HD value was observed with thicker sections or emulsion layers. The shape of the curve reflecting the grain density distributions around these line sources was very similar. After normalization in HD and relative grain density units, an average distribution was calculated and compared with the shape of normalized density distributions obtained from electron microscope autoradiographs. Other than a discrepancy near the source, an acceptable correlation was observed.