British Journal of Haematology vol:95 issue:3 pages:472-481
A novel technique for the reproduction of ultramorphological images and details of the surface of normal and pathological red blood cells (RBC) was investigated. The atomic force microscope (AFM) provided high-resolution images of cell surfaces. The RBC dimensions obtained by this technique revealed differences between native red cells in smears and glutaraldehyde-fixed red cells. It was shown that fixed red blood cells were best suited for the ultramorphological imaging of the cell surface.