Other Diseases

In principle the microscope can identify and detect any organism so long as there is a specific antibody to it (a protein or other ligand).
Although, in principle, detections of single proteins are possible with fluorescence microscopy this is not the case with the SMR family and is usually carried out with advanced and expensive instrumentation such as the Scanning Near Field Microscopes (SNOM) which are a cross between an atomic force microscope and a laser driven high resolution nanometre optical fibres.

However the resolution and sensitivity of the microscope make the routine detection of many viral diseases possible, such as Rabies, Ebola, Marburg etc and also very small intracellular parasites such as mycoplasmas and Rickettsia. In some cases parasitologists are looking are quite large organisms and the x40 standard objective is too large. If you are unsure about a diagnosis send in an email to info@cytoscience.com and we wil try to put you in touch with an expert if we cannot answer the question ourselves.