Automation Of Image Processing and Analysis
Recent technical advances in fluorescence microscopy provide faster and more detailed information about cells, subsets of cells and about structures, molecules and proteins within cells. Given the growing quantity of information, automation plays an increasing role in more and more research areas. Scientists find themselves doing the same analysis on multiple data sets over and over again.
Now there is a way to load multiple data sets, run a sequence of Imaris functions for each one and then get the resulting statistics and Imaris scene file back in an automated way.
Suitable for automated fluorescence microscopy and all repetetive imaging processes, ImarisBatch supports the following Imaris functions: spot detection, surface detection, tracking, various image processing functions, statistics output and Imaris scene file output. Batch processing jobs are typically generated by Imaris and registered with the batch job scheduler. A graphical interface enables you to combine jobs with lists of input files and output settings.
Batch processing has these benefits:
Automation: by repeating certain procedures multiple times automatically, batch processing saves valuable time
- Reproducibility: Because ImarisBatch exactly reproduces procedures, it is easy to document what is completed for every image.
ImarisBatch decouples time consuming procedures from interactive Imaris sessions, thus potentially freeing a copy of Imaris for use
Batch processing allows sharing of computer resources among many researchers and shifts the time of job processing to when the computing resources are less busy.
ImarisBatch can utilize large servers that have vast amounts of RAM memory and processors. Each job can be run on a separate processor provided there is enough RAM memory and the configuration of Imaris Batch purchased. Processing on multiple processors will speed the completion of all the batch jobs.