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A new cryomacroscope prototype-a visualization device for the in situ analysis of cryopreserved biological samples-is presented in the current study. In order to visualize samples larger than the field of view of the optical setup, a scanning mechanism is integrated into the system, which represents a key improvement over previous cryomacroscope prototypes. Another key feature of the new design is in its compatibility with available top-loading controlled-rate cooling chambers, which eliminates the need for a dedicated cooling mechanism. The objective for the current development is to create means to generate a single digital movie of an experimental investigation, with all relevant data overlaid. The visualization capabilities of the scanning cryomacroscope are demonstrated in the current study on the cryoprotective agent dimethyl sulfoxide and the cryoprotective cocktail DP6. Demonstrated effects include glass formation, various regimes of crystallization, thermal contraction, and fracture formation.





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Cryogenics, 62, 118-128.