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Hemacytometer counting # Cell counting with an hemacytometer.

Accuracy of manual counts with an hemacytometer depend on:

- accurate mixing of the sample (no bubbles!)
- number of chambers counted
- number of cells counted (practical: 200-500 per 0.1 mm3)

The chamber of various composition, all have a common unit of 1x1mm squares, which may divided in nine smaller squares. The height of the chamber, delimited by the coverslip is 0.1 mm. ** **

**Suppliers: **

** ** HYCOR: Kova system for standardized urinalisys N^{o} 87144 (expect 10% variability or more)

Hycor Biomediacal Inc.

Garden grove CA 92841

Hemacytometer Fisher scientific N^{o} 02671 5

Dilute your cell sample in Trypan Blue dye exclusion medium. Dead cells will be blue, live cells will be birefringent. Suggested dilution 1:20 (5µl cell suspension in 95 µl Trypan Blue).

Carefully and continuously fill evenly at once the hemacytometer chamber.

Leave undisturbed for 1-2 min. (If you need to leave for longer, use a humid chamber). This will allow deposition of the cells on the counting plane.

Count under the microscope two 1x1x0.1 mm areas (delimited by a double line; nine small squares), from two chambers. Ideally you should count more than 200 cells and less than 500 per chamber.

The number of cells per 1x1x0.1 mm areas = cells x 1*10^{-4} cm^{3} (1*10^{-4} ml).

With a 1:20 dilution the easy count is:

number of cells in two 1mm squares divided by 10 = cells x 10^{6} / ml.

(2 squares / 2 x 20 x10,000 / 1,000 = 10^{6} cells / ml)

(2 squares x 10 x 10,000 / 1,000 = 10^{6} cells / ml)

(2 squares x 100 = 10^{6} cells / ml)

(2 squares / 10 = millions / ml)

If your cell suspension is way above 500 / square, count as many smallest squares you can, calculate the mean: this number multiplied by 0.9 will approximate the number of millions / ml.

### Useful refence:

** Use of the Hemacytometer for the Determination of Cell Numbers **

http://www.imgen.bcm.tmc.edu/molgen/labs/bradley/hemacyto.txt