Mass Spectrometry Imaging Data Analysis Software

User’s guide/troubleshooting (PDF files)

1. Introduction

2. Before analysis

2-1 Setting a file location for saving temporary data matrix files (on initial startup only)

2-2  Creating a data matrix
 2-2-1 Editing the compound template


3. Analysis

3-1 Find components that differ between regions
 3-1-1 Find components that differ between regions -Testing
 3-1-2 Find components that differ between regions -PCA
 3-1-3 Find components that differ between regions -PLS
 3-1-4 Saving the shape of the ROI
 3-1-5 ROI settings: adding attributes

3-2 Visualization within a sample section
 3-2-1 Investigating localization within a sample section (Similar image extraction)
 3-2-2 Image registration
 3-2-3 Investigating localization within a sample section (Image classification)
 3-2-4 Segmentation

3-3 Collective analysis

3-4 MS images related operations
 3-4-1 Superimposing imagestion
 3-4-2 Calculations combining multiple images
 3-4-3 Settings for copying MS images
 3-4-4 Tagging (color coding)
 3-4-5 Method to check MS images easily
 3-4-6 Adjusting MS images

3-5 Carrying out quantitative analysis

4. FAQ

4-1 Using the HELP function
4-2 Error message_Reference image targeted for processing
4-3 If statistics such as P-values are not displayed
4-4 If a box plot doesn’t appear
4-5 If you cannot enter a small value when specifying the bin width in non-target analysis
4-6 Assign the same color bar setting to multiple image
4-7 If it is difficult to find the differences between images using differential analysis of multiple data files
4-8 Problems with IMDX files that have been converted from imzML
4-9 If the y-axis scale on the spectrum doesn't look right
4-10 How to change the adduct ion in use
4-11 Change the colour of unmeasured points (including transparency)
4-12 If you want to know the number of data points (area) within an ROI
4-13 If the IMDX file cannot be imported with error code 1101


 Data format/data conversion

IMAGEREVEAL MS can read IMDX files.
The following 3 file formats can be converted to IMDX files using the “IMDX Converter” function included in this software.


1. kbd

This is the data format of images acquired by the iMScope series of instruments.

  • The kbd files acquired by iMScope series of instruments cannot be converted unless LCMSolution (Ver. 3.81 or later) has been installed.


2. Analyze 7.5

This is the format of data exported from the AXIMA series.

  • Analyze 7.5 format data that has not been exported from the AXIMA series is not supported.
  • Analyze 7.5 files can be converted to IMDX files if they have a total spot count no more than 38,000 spots and an m/z range of 5 to 500,000.


3. imzML

This is the common format of data for the MS imaging.

  • This data format can be loaded directly into IMAGEREVEAL MS. When "Processed" type imzML format files are converted into IMDX files, interpolation is performed for the sampling interval that has been set (or peak width, if the centroid is set in the original data), and the profile data of the same sampling position for all measurement points is saved. For this reason, it does not precisely match the sampling position of the original data.
  • "imzML" format data that is not exported from MALDI-7090 may not be convertible to an IMDX file. The ability to use "imzML" format data of instruments other than the MALDI-7090 has been confirmed, but the ability to convert all "imzML" format data files is not guaranteed. If you are using imzML format data, first check the operation using the demo version. →Data conversion actual result (English)(PDF file)
  • The "imzML" format data consists of either "Continuous" or "Processed" type profile data. Operations using the "Processed" type centroid data have been confirmed with this product. However, when the centroid data is converted into IMDX format, it is converted into profile data. →Centroid or Profile? (English)(PDF file)
  • imzML files that can be converted to IMDX files have spot counts in the X and Y directions that are respectively no greater than 65,535 spots, and an m/z range of 5 to 500,000.

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This software was developed as a result of collaborative research with Kyushu University's Innovation Center for Medical Redox Navigation and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.

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