The ATUMtome – an Automated Tape Collecting Ultramicrotome
The ATUMtome is a unique ultramicrotome with automated section collection on tape rolls. Thousands of utra-thin sections with a thickness of 30nm can be automatically collected on 8mm wide Kapton tape for SEM imaging and subsequent 3-D reconstruction. Originally designed for the collection of thousands of sections to reconstruct neuronal networks and pathways (Array Tomography).
By automating the tedious section collecting, the ATUMtome is a promising tool also for other research disciplines in biology, pathology and material science where three-dimensional image data of samples is of interest.