Stereology (from Greek stereos = solid) was originally defined as the spatial interpretation of sections. It provides applied methods for extracting quantitative information about a three-dimensional structure from measurements made on two-dimensional planar sections of the structure. Stereology is based on fundamental principles of geometry and statistics. This methods using random, systematic sampling provide unbiased and quantitative data. Often qualitative microscopy can not provide us a statistically comparable data but histomorphometry & stereology are important and efficient tools in many applications of microscopy. In addition to two-dimensional plane sections, stereology also applies to three-dimensional slabs (e.g. 3D microscope images), one-dimensional probes (e.g. needle biopsy), projected images, and other kinds of 'sampling'. 
 Histomorphometry & Stereology Research Center
Shiraz University Medical Sciences
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