Patent Number: 7,612,350

Title: Scanning microscope and specimen image obtaining method in which adjacent data obtaining points are not consecutively obtained

Abstract: A scanning microscope includes a light source unit that projects laser light, an optical system that converges and applies the laser light onto data obtaining points on a specimen, and a data obtaining order deciding unit that decides a data obtaining order such that adjacent data obtaining points are not consecutive in the data obtaining order. A scanning unit scans the laser light in accordance with the data obtaining order, a detector detects detection light from the data obtaining points, respectively, and a storage unit stores luminance information on the detection light detected by the detector in association with positional information on the data obtaining points, respectively. An image formation unit forms a two-dimensional image based on the stored associated luminance and positional information.

Inventors: Takamizawa; Nobuhiro (Sagamihara, JP)

Assignee: Olympus Corporation

International Classification: G01N 21/64 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017