FAQ 15: How can I convert results of my stereological probe to a density of cells/fibers/vessels?

If the estimate obtained is number, or length, or surface, you would have to obtain the volume and report the volume along with the number, length, or surface. An unbiased method to estimate volume is Cavalieri point-counting.

To avoid confusion, report the number, length, or surface estimate and the volume, do not divide and give the percentage only. This way the reader know what has potentially changed, the number, length, or surface vs. the volume.

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