Visualization of high resolution spatial mass spectrometric data during acquisition.


Mass Spectrometric Imaging (MSI) allows the generation of 2D ion density maps that help visualize molecules present in sections of tissues and cells. The combination of spatial resolution and mass resolution results in very large and complex data sets. New capabilities are necessary for efficient analysis and interpretation of this data. This work details the development and application of the capability to process, visualize, query, and analyze spatial mass spectrometry data. Applications include the generation of 2D maps for selected spectra, the manipulation of the heat maps, and the identification of spectral peaks. Heat maps are generated by projecting the sum of intensity vs. time spectra of each pixel for selected m/z value or range. These capabilities take the form of a new interactive software toolkit, MSI QuickView. This software approach is a significant advance over the previous state-of-the art methods that required the conversion of the RAW data using one software, manual assembly of the data, and visualization in another software.

DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347250

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@article{Thomas2012VisualizationOH, title={Visualization of high resolution spatial mass spectrometric data during acquisition.}, author={Mathew Thomas and Brandi Heath and Julia Laskin and Dongsheng Li and Ellen Liu and Katrina Hui and Andrew P. Kuprat and Kerstin Kleese van Dam and James P. Carson}, journal={Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference}, year={2012}, volume={2012}, pages={5545-8} }