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Improvements in semiautomated serial section reconstruction and visualization of neural tissue from TEM images
Author(s): Kevin N. Montgomery; Muriel D. Ross
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Paper Abstract

Our initial system for 3D reconstruction of neural tissue from transmission electron microscope (TEM) images has been improved and expanded in functionality and scope. An automated acquisition system captures images of tissue and controls the movement of a TEM. These images comprise a dataset of roughly one gigabyte. Using these data, software running on a Connection Machine automatically reassembles individual images into a single image of each section. An automated contour extraction and object classification algorithm is used and the objects to be reconstructed are selected by the user. Registration is completely automated, but the result is user verifiable and modifiable. The registration parameters are then used to realign both the contour and raw image data. The contour data are smoothed to average out noise, a surface grid is generated, and the resulting reconstruction is visualized. The image data can also be volume visualized. The result is a completely digital, easy-to-use, quantifiable, and generalizable system for 3D reconstruction from transmission electron microscope serial sections.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1994
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2184, Three-Dimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing, (4 April 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.172102
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin N. Montgomery, Sterling Software (United States)
Muriel D. Ross, NASA-Ames Biocomputation Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2184:
Three-Dimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing
Carol J. Cogswell; Kjell Carlsson, Editor(s)

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