FAQ 5: My tissue shrank too much even though I cut it very thick, can I still use it for my Optical Fractionator study?

Remember that the Optical Fractionator probe requires tissue thick enough so you can focus on several distinct focal planes. This is dependent on the post-processing tissue thickness. Your thickly cut sections may shrink so much during post-processing that distinguishing several focal planes is difficult—if not impossible.

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