New Software Makes Scientific Image Analysis Accessible to Beginners

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Intelligent Perception Co releases a new version of its image analysis software for scientists. The software is fully automatic and does not require a background in image processing or tedious trial-and-error work. Its areas of application are microscopy, biomedical research, geographic information systems, forensics, biometrics, and many others.


The breadth of applications is astounding

The sophisticated image analysis software that can turn complex investigations into one-click solutions has just gotten easier to use and readily affordable, with the release of a new product developed by a Marshall University mathematics professor.

Pixcavator is an image analysis software that automatically detects and evaluates important features in a digital image. It allows a researcher to extract data from the image and save it as a spreadsheet, explained Dr. Peter Saveliev, who created the software and founded Intelligent Perception, the firm that is marketing it.

Those functions can serve the needs of scientists in a wide range of disciplines, from biology and chemistry to medical imaging, forensics, geology, microscopy, biometrics, material science, satellite imaging, and computer vision. Counting cells and nuclei from histological sections is a new promising area, Saveliev said.

"The breadth of applications is astounding," he noted. "Pixcavator is what we envision will become 'the Excel of image analysis.'"

In part, that is because Pixcavator overcomes the barriers of both price and complexity that have previously characterized image analysis software, Saveliev said. He noted that it takes only a few minutes to learn how to use Pixcavator, which sells for just $99.

"Pixcavator's patent-pending technology makes image analysis tasks automatic and eliminates the tedious trial-and-error work required by most of today's image processing suites," he explained. "It is especially suitable for beginners and people with no background in image processing."

All it takes is a single click for a Pixcavator user to capture all of the objects in an image -- both those visible to the naked eye and the objects that are unseen -- and turn the data into a spreadsheet that documents the location and measurements of each of the elements in the image. That means that a biologist can instantly count and evaluate the sizes of colonies in a Petri dish, Saveliev said. In the same way, a forensics researcher can analyze the characteristics of a fingerprint, or a geographer can examine elements on a map, among the many applications possible. The user also can mark objects in the spreadsheet to highlight objects in the image, or vice versa, and extract or remove objects from the image in order to simplify, enhance or manipulate the image.

"It's also fun to use," Saveliev said.

A free trial version of Pixcavator, which runs on Windows ME, 2000, XP or Vista, is available for download at, along with additional information about both the image analysis software and Intelligent Perception.

Pixcavator is one of several products available from the Huntington, West Virginia, firm that develops software for digital image analysis, image manipulation, and computer vision. This technology draws upon recent research in applications of advanced mathematics in digital image analysis.


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