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Digital Image Analysis to Quantify Inflammation in Synovial Tissue
Arthritis Research & Therapy volume 1, Article number: S34 (1999)
Computer-based assessment of images acquired in a microscope requires an attached video camera transferring the images to a computer and a screen. The analytical decisions made by the computer equipped with a special software program will be displayed on the screen in discriminating pseudocolors, enabling the operator to monitor and accept or discard the results of a given field. Quantification of cells expressing cell surface antigens or intracellular antigens can be readily done in immunohistochemically stained tissue sections from synovial tissue. Conventional microscopy is a good tool for counting but poor at measuring areas, staining intensity, or distances, which can be handled in a superior way by computer-assisted analysis. We have successfully applied this technology to quantify the incidence of various cell types, intimal layer thickness, and cytokine-producing cells in rheumatoid synovial tissue specimens. Computerized image analysis offers a major advantage in sequential studies to evaluate changes in response to therapy.
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Andersson, U. Digital Image Analysis to Quantify Inflammation in Synovial Tissue. Arthritis Res Ther 1, S34 (1999) doi:10.1186/ar48
- Staining Intensity
- Synovial Tissue
- Computerize Image
- Special Software
- Sequential Study