Study: Interference microscopy can measure blood cell stiffness
A team from the University of Illinois analyzed the stiffness of stored red blood cells using spatial light interference microscopy. While cells maintained their shape, mass and hemoglobin, they did stiffen within 42 days, which can make it more difficult to travel through the smallest capillaries, the study team reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Spatial light interference microscopy could be widely used to assess the safety of banked blood, the researchers suggested. MedicalDaily.com
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