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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

Robust signal detection in 3D fluorescence microscopy

Allalou Amin, Pinidiyaarachchi Amalka, Wählby Carolina


Robust detection and localization of biomolecules inside cells is of great importance to better understand the functions related to them. Fluorescence microscopy and specific staining methods make biomolecules appear as point-like signals on image data, often acquired in 3D. Visual detection of such point-like signals can be time consuming and problematic if the 3D images are large, containing many, sometimes overlapping, signals. This sets a demand for robust automated methods for accurate detection of signals in 3D fluorescence microscopy. We propose a new 3D point-source signal detection method that is based on Fourier series. The method consists of two parts, a detector, which is a cosine filter to enhance the point-like signals, and a verifier, which is a sine filter to validate the result from the detector. Compared to conventional methods, our method shows better robustness to noise and good ability to resolve signals that are spatially close. Tests on image data show that the method has equivalent accuracy in signal detection in comparison to Visual detection by experts. The proposed method can be used as an efficient point-like signal detection tool for various types of biological 3D image data

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Cytometry Part A
2010, volume: 77A, number: 1, pages: 86-96

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Allalou, Amin
Uppsala University
Pinidiyaarachchi, Amalka
Wählby, Carolina
Uppsala University

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Computer Science

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