This chapter presents the methodology as well as various applications of a silicone rubber (Microfil) prefusion technique for evaluation of the microcirculation. In the heart, Microfil perfusion has been used in conjunction with clearing techniques to elucidate normal anatomic relationships, to identify areas of myocardium at risk following vascular occlusion, and to observe dynamic events in the development of various cardiomyopathies. Advantages of the technique include in vivo applicability, ease of vascular filling, and ability to discriminate between adjacent vascular fields. Preliminary data from work in other organ systems including skeletal muscle, brain, liver, and lung are also presented.
|Number of pages
|Methods and achievements in experimental pathology
|Published - 1988