Image analysis

General image analysis

The napari-pyclesperanto-assistant is a yet experimental napari plugin for building GPU-accelerated image processing workflows targeting life-sciences and bio-image analysis. It is part of the clEsperanto project. It uses pyclesperanto and pyopencl as backend for processing images.

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Phindr3D is a comprehensive shallow-learning framework for automated quantitative phenotyping of three-dimensional (3D) high content screening image data using unsupervised data-driven voxel-based feature learning, which enables computationally facile classification, clustering and data visualization.

Please see our GitHub page and the original publication for details.


This tool allows to analyze morphological characteristics of complex roots. While for young roots the root system architecture can be analyzed automatically, this is often not possible for more developed roots. The tool is inspired by the Sholl analysis used in neuronal studies. The tool creates a binary mask and the Euclidean Distance Transform from the input image. It then allows to draw concentric circles around a base point and to extract measures on or within the circles. Instead of circles, which present the distance from the base point, horizontal lines can be used, which present the distance in the soil from the base-line. The following features are currently implemented:

  • The area of the root per distance/depth.
  • The number of border pixel per distance/depth, giving an idea of the surface in contact with the soil.
  • The maximum radius per distance/depth of a root, measured at the crossing points with the circles or lines.
  • The number of crossings of roots with the circles or lines.
  • The maximum distance to the left and the right from the vertical axis at crossing points with the circles or lines.
Concentric circles on the mask of a root, created by the Analyze Complex Roots Tool


LaRoME = Label + Region Of Interest + Measure

Label image (aka Count Masks): An image in which pixels of an object have all the same value. Each object has a unique value.

Measurement image: An image in which pixels of an object have all the same value, corresponding to a measurement (Area, Angle, Mean...)

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ImageM integrates into a GUI several algorithms for interactive image processing and analysis. Interface is largely inspired from the open source software "ImageJ".

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