Technology that identifies landforms, geology and vegetation types from satellite images of the earth’s surface has been used to help identify insulin-related structures in electron microscope images of the pancreas.
Scientists at The George Washington University, Washington, and Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., says that, this modified NASA technology, has greatly increased the speed of the research.
A photomicrograph of a sliced rat beta cell that has been processed with the modified NASA imaging technology. Insulin granules are the dark black spots surrounded by a white area called a halo. Large cells have hundreds of insulin granules. The coloured borders around the granules are labels added to identify them and classify how they appear.