False-colour SEM of vessels in liver lobule

False-colour SEM of vessels in liver lobule

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Caption: Liver tissue. False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of blood vessels around a lobule, the functional unit of the liver. A typical lobule is bound on its periphery by groups of ducts & vessels, most prominently the conducting portal vein (large blue sectioned vessel) & branches called distributing portal veins (smaller blue vessel). Plates of hepatocytes or liver cells (coloured gold) radiate towards a central vein (top right). The dark spaces surrounding them are capillaries (sinusoids). Arterial vessels also bind each lobule, but are less visible here. Magnification: x125 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, blood vessels, central branching vein, false-coloured, hepatocyte, human body, liver, liver cell, lobule, portal, portal vein, sem, sinusoid, vein, vessel

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