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Surface-weighted star volume: concept and estimation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9674159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The estimation of 'size' for an interconnected nonconvex phase is an ongoing problem in materials science and biomedicine. Examples of this type of phase include the pore space in a porous rock such as sandstone or the marrow space found in cancellous bone. A reasonable definition of size for this type of phase is provided by the mean volume-weighted star volume. This is defined as the average volume of the phase of interest seen unobscured from a typical point within the phase. One practical advantage of this definition of size is that it is easy to estimate stereologically. In this paper we extend the concept of star volume to consider the mean surface-weighted star volume. The mean surface-weighted star volume is the volume of a continuous phase seen unobscured from a typical point of the interface. We expect that this parameter could be useful in biological problems involving mass transfer across an interface. The stereological estimation of mean surface-weighted star volume is described and the method is illustrated on piglet lung tissue.
M G Reed; C V Howard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of microscopy     Volume:  190     ISSN:  0022-2720     ISO Abbreviation:  J Microsc     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-08-18     Completed Date:  1998-08-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0204522     Medline TA:  J Microsc     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  350-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Liverpool, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Growth Retardation / pathology*
Lung / pathology*
Microscopy / methods*
Pulmonary Alveoli / pathology
Tissue Embedding

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