Bitplane, an Oxford Instruments Company, has launched Imaris 8.4, a piece of software which addresses the challenge of tracing dendrites and spines in dense neuronal networks – often within very large datasets – when visualising entire brains and nervous systems with cellular resolution.
The software addresses the challenge by using a new and innovative approach to tracing neuron structures in 3D images. The software includes tools such as Torch, which highlights structures in close proximity to the cursor while darkening the rest of the image, enabling users to trace individual neurons within dense and thick samples efficiently and accurately. Improved depth visibility makes tracing in thick samples easier than ever before, allowing for the selection of a dynamic region of interest for tracing. All of this possible with terabyte-sized datasets.
In this latest release, features such as Reference Frame – a freehand xyz coordinate system – the Zoom function and the Snapshot tool have all been completely redesigned to provide the ultimate, intuitive user-experience when analysing data and creating stunning images.