Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Image integrity and standards in microscopy

When publishing scientific data, raw data is the ground truth and any step taken to manipulate this data should be properly documented. This is especially true with optical microscopy and automated imaging, where software makes it very easy to manipulate digital images. Many online resources document the dos and don’ts of image manipulation for the purpose of scientific publication, for example:

Image integrity and standards
Avoiding Twisted Pixels: Ethical Guidelines for the Appropriate Use and Manipulation of Scientific Digital Images

BioTek Instruments offers a range of automated microscopy and imaging systems with powerful software that can batch-process and analyze thousands of images automatically. Since its early days, BioTek has been involved with human clinical diagnostic applications and because of this, all of our instrumentation and software - even those intended for research - are designed and tested with clinical applications in mind. When we begin designing imaging devices and software, we apply the same principles and make sure that raw images are always preserved with downstream processes documented automatically. This allows tracking any change back to your raw data. Raw data is always available to be re-analyzed as well. As an FDA-registered medical device manufacturer, data integrity is "in our DNA" and you can always trust that microscopic images that you capture on your BioTek devices are traceable, from the raw image all the way to your final cell-level results.

For an overview of what you can do with BioTek's Automated Microscopes and Cell Imaging Systems, please visit our applications page at https://www.biotek.com/applications/imaging-and-microscopy.html.

By: BioTek Instruments, Xavier Amouretti, Manager, Product Marketing

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