Artefacts in restored images due to intensity loss in three-dimensional fluorescence microscopy

J. Markham, J. A. Conchello

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Computational algorithms for three-dimensional deconvolution have proven successful in reducing blurring and improving the resolution of fluorescence microscopic images. However, discrepancies between the imaging conditions and the models on which such deconvolution algorithms are based may lead to artefacts and/or distortions in the images restored by application of the algorithms. In this paper, artefacts associated with a decrease of fluorescence intensity with time or slice in three-dimensional wide-field images are demonstrated using simulated images. Loss of intensity, whether due to photobleaching or other factors, leads to artefacts in the form of bands or stripes in the restored images. An empirical method for correcting the intensity losses in wide-field images has been implemented and used to correct biological images. This method is based on fitting a decreasing function to the slice intensity curve computed by summing all pixel values in each slice. The fitted curve is then used for the calculation of correction factors for each slice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • 3D microscopy
  • Artefacts
  • Deconvolution
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Image restoration
  • Intensity loss
  • Photobleaching
  • Wide-field microscopy


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