Regular Article - Living Systems
Measuring the average cell size and width of its distribution in cellular tissues using Fourier transform
Univ Lyon, Univ Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, Institut Lumière Matière, 69622, Villeurbanne, France
2 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA/LETIMinatec, Grenoble INP, LTM, 38054, Grenoble, France
Accepted: 12 April 2022
Published online: 9 May 2022
We present an in-depth investigation of a fully automated Fourier-based analysis to determine the cell size and the width of its distribution in 3D biological tissues. The results are thoroughly tested using generated images, and we offer valuable criteria for image acquisition settings to optimize accuracy. We demonstrate that the most important parameter is the number of cells in the field of view, and we show that accurate measurements can already be made on volume only containing cells. The resolution in z is also not so important, and a reduced number of in-depth images, of order of one per cell, already provides a measure of the mean cell size with less than 5% error. The technique thus appears to be a very promising tool for very fast live local volume cell measurement in 3D tissues in vivo while strongly limiting photobleaching and phototoxicity issues.
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