Cell Image Analyzer Dashboard
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Squares contain sample groups of pixels identified as having moved between frames.

Arrows indicate optical flow above a specified threshold between two frames. Purple squares did not have an optical flow magnitude above specified threshold and were excluded from analysis.
Automatically generated binary mask
Summary data of cell parameters
Nanocrine’s Cell Image Analyzer turns segmentation and analysis into an automated process. Our software measures the optical flow of all regions within each frame of an image set from a live cell experiment to identify regions occupied by cells.
  • Automatically locates the outlines of your cell image frames using the movement of your cells
  • Provides adjustable sensitivity for outline detection and a live preview of the final outlines
  • Computes geometric data about your cells that can be imported into any graphing or statistical software

How does it work?

A static cell can be easily discerned visually from its background by a human, but a single experiment likely contains hundreds of cells over hundreds of frames. Segmenting image sets by hand is tedious and prone to error as a result.

Between successive frames taken over a period of time, however, cells appear as dynamic systems full of movement. If a cell were to move to the left during an experiment, the static background would remain unchanged while the contour of the cell could be observed to move independently. Even without bulk movement, a cell will exhibit changes in shape while remaining in the same spot between frames. Either way, this movement can be used to differentiate a cell from its background.

Nanocrine’s Cell Image Analyzer uses this movement to autonomously perform segmentation on image sets. The Farneback optical flow algorithm measures the amount that a region appears to move, the “optical flow,” between successive frames. Since the background will not appear to move, any region with zero optical flow will be categorized as “background.” The end result is a mask of cell outlines which can be analyzed computationally.

Our goal is to streamline the process from experiment to publication. In addition to producing segmented cell masks for use in computational analysis, Cell Image Analyzer also computes standard statistics about cell shape.

After the segmentation is complete, Cell Image Analyzer will automatically load the masks into a series of algorithms and output extensive data alongside the masks themselves. The data is output in CSV format for easy use with popular graphing and statistical software.