| A state-of-the-art Image Analysis Core Facility at the TTUHSC provides a central location for a variety of research activities. As one of only three institutions in Texas with the capability, the 1,200-square-foot facility houses more than $2 million of laboratory equipment including a Nikon TiE confocal microscope, which is equipped with an option known as N-STORM (Nikon Stochastic Optical Resolution Microscopy). This ultra-high resolution microscope enlarges images 6,000 to 10,000 times larger than the human eye can see. The microscope utilizes fluorescent probes to mark molecules in the cells and scans images 50,000 times or more. Within an hour the microscope can produce intricate images of the smallest structures within samples, and images can be combined to produce computerized 3-D models providing even more intricate analysis.