SEM (EDX) is an indispensable tool for the characterization of subcutaneous, preperitoneal and visceral adipose tissue of obese patients

  • Ramūnas Skaudžius
  • Martynas Misevičius
  • Vilma Brimienė
  • Margarita Beniušė
  • Gintautas Brimas
  • Aivaras Kareiva
Keywords: adipose tissue, subcutaneous, preperitoneal and visceral layers, obese patients, SEM, EDX


In this work the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) elemental analysis were used for the characterization of adipose tissue samples taken from volunteer obese patients. The adipose tissue was taken from subcutaneous, preperitoneal and visceral layers of the adipose tissue. The obtained results provided information about the structural composition of adipose tissue layers in the human body, as well as the main microstructural features. It was demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that SEM and EDX are indispensable tools in order to investigate some special morphological features and the elemental composition of different layers of the human adipose tissue, identifying the surface microstructure and its qualitative composition. From the obtained results we concluded that such characterization of the adipose tissue is an essential step for the possible prediction of symptoms of different diseases.
Physical Chemistry