Seed point detection

Interactive watershed


The interactive Watershed Fiji plugin provides an interactive way to explore local maxima and threshold values while a resulting label map is updated on the fly.

After the user has found a reliable parameter configuration, it is possible to apply the same parameters to other images in a headless mode, for example via ImageJ macro scripting.



Acquiarium is open source software (GPL) for carrying out the common pipeline of many spatial cell studies using fluorescence microscopy. It addresses image capture, raw image correction, image segmentation, quantification of segmented objects and their spatial arrangement, volume rendering, and statistical evaluation.

It is focused on quantification of spatial properties of many objects and their mutual spatial relations in a collection of many 3D images. It can be used for analysis of a collection of 2D images or time lapse series of 2D or 3D images as well. It has a modular design and is extensible via plug-ins. It is a stand-alone, easy to install application written in C++ language. The GUI is written using cross-platform wxWidgets library.

Acquiarium functionalities diagram



The freely available software module below is a 3D LoG filter. It applies a LoG (Laplacian of Gaussian or Mexican Hat) filter to a 2D image or to 3D volume. Here, we have a fast implementation. It is a perfect tool to enhance spots, like spherical particles, in noisy images. This module is easy to tune, only by selecting the standard deviations in X, Y and Z directions.

IJ Macro command example

run("LoG 3D", "sigmax=1 sigmay=1 sigmaz=13 displaykernel=0 volume=1");



An ImageJ plugin for DEFCoN, the fluorescence spot counter based on fully convolutional neural networks

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ATLAS Vesicle segmentation method


Part of ATLAS software

Comment / Instructions: 

You can upload your image at the Mobyle@SERPICO portal and download the result. The workflow is only available online, i.e. no download possible.

Spot Detector


Spot detector detects and counts spots, based on wavelet transform.

- Detects spots in noisy images 2D/3D.
- Depending on objective, spots can be nuclei, nucleus or cell
- Versatile input: sequence or batch of file.
- Detects spot in specific band/channel.
- Multi band labeling: automaticaly creates ROIs from one band and count in the same or an other band.
- Filters detection by size.
- Sort detection by ROIs
- Output data in XLS Excel files: number of detection by ROIs, and each detection location and size.
- Outputs withness image with ROIs and detection painted on it.
- Outputs binary detection image.
- Displays detections
- Displays tags

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FeatureJ Laplacian


An often used Laplacian filter for enhancing signals at object boundaries and dots. It works with XY, XYZ, XYZ-T, XYZ-T-Ch1, XYZT-C1-C2 images. Distributed as a part of ImageJ plugin [FeatureJ](, and included in Fiji. The second URL above is the link to its Javadoc. (imagescience.feature.Laplacian). A primer for using this class in Jython script is in [CMCI Jython/Fiji cookbook: FeatureJ](…)

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DNA MicroArray Image Processing Case Study


In this case study, MATLAB, the Image Processing and Signal Processing toolboxes were used to determine the green intensities from a small portion of a microarray image containing 4,800 spots. A 10x10 pattern of spots was detected by averaging rows and columns to produce horizontal and vertical profiles. Periodicity was determined automatically by autocorrelation and used to form an optimal length filter for morphological background removal. A rectangular grid of bounding boxes was defined. Each spot was individually addressed and segmented by thresholding to form a mask. The mask was used to isolate each spot from surrounding background. Individual spot intensity was determined by integrating pixel intensities. Finally, integrated intensities were tabulated and saved to a data file for subsequent statistical analysis to determine which genes matter most.



Matlab toolbox to analyze single molecule mRNA FISH data. Allows counting the number of mature and nascent transcripts in 3D images. See 2513. Following toolboxes are required: - Optimization toolbox - Statistics toolbox - Image processing toolbox - (Optional) Parallel processing toolbox


Input data type: 3D image

Output data type: CSV

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Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is used to study the organization and the positioning of specific DNA sequences within the cell nucleus. Analyzing the data from FISH images is a tedious process that invokes an element of subjectivity. Automated FISH image analysis offers savings in time as well as gaining the benefit of objective data analysis. While several FISH image analysis software tools have been developed, they often use a threshold-based segmentation algorithm for nucleus extraction. As fluorescence signal intensities can vary significantly from experiment to experiment, from cell to cell, and within a cell, threshold based segmentation is inflexible and often insufficient for automatic image analysis, leading to additional manual extraction and potential subjective bias. To overcome these problems, we developed a graphical software tool called FISH Finder to automatically analyze FISH images that vary significantly. By posing the nucleus extraction as a classification problem, compound Bayesian Classifier is employed so that contextual information is utilized, resulting in reliable classification and boundary extraction. This makes it possible to analyze FISH images efficiently and objectively without adjustment of input parameters.

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