A web application to analyse and visualize digital images at multiple resolutions
2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Computerised image processing and automated quantification of cell and tissue morphology are becoming important tools for complementing visual assessment when investigating disease and/or drug response. The distribution and organisation of cells in intact tissue samples provides a rich visual-cognitive combination of information at multiple resolutions. The lowest magnification describes specific architectural patterns in the global tissue organization. At the same time, new methods for in situ sequencing of RNA allows profiling of gene expression at cellular resolution. Analysis at multiple resolutions thus opens up for large-scale comparison of genotype and phenotype. Expressed genes are locally amplified by molecular probes and rolling circle amplification, and decoded by repeating the sequencing cycle for the four letters of the genetic code. Using image processing methodologies on these giga-pixel images (40000 x 48000 pixels), we have identified more than 40 genes in parallel in the same tissue sample. Here, we present an open-source tool which combines the quantification of cell and tissue morphology with the analysis of gene expression. Our framework builds on CellProfiler, a free and open-source software developed for image based screening, and our viewing platform allow experts to visualize both gene expression patterns and quantitative measurements of tissue morphology with different overlays, such as the commonly used H&E staining. Furthermore, the user can draw regions of interest and extract local statistics on gene expression and tissue morphology over large slide scanner images at different resolutions. The TissueMaps platform provides a flexible solution to support the future development of histopathology, both as a diagnostic tool and as a research field.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Medical Image Processing
Research subject Computerized Image Processing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-309623OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-309623DiVA: diva2:1052337
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