The Colocalization operator is ideal for finding relationships between objects, in a one to any relationship. This allows for sophisticated measurements of a group created between a “parent” and “child” objects. The enhanced Colocalization allows groups to be created from a reference (parent) and subjects (child) based on position. As part of the Analysis Pipeline it allows for the easy segmentation and subsequent quantitative analysis of cells, spheroids, nuclei or any other type of rounded cell organelles, even in crowded and noisy environments in 2D, 3D and 4D data sets. This operator requires two groups of objects, references and subjects, to find relationships between the groups.
Use Segment generation operators (Intensity Threshold, Blob Finder, and Membrane Segmenter) to identify the objects or cells of interest.
Add a Segment Filter to exclude over segmented and unwanted objects, or incorrectly detected objects.
Now add the ‘Segment Colocalization” operator, and set the subject and references. The “Subjects” will become the “Child” of the “Reference” parent, when the ‘colocalize entities by group” Is selected. This is a big change from the previous “by tag” option. The group function allows per group statistics to be created in the ‘Custom Features’ panel.
The segment Colocalization can select the subjects that meet the Coloc-measure, by complete coverage, partial coverage, or a user specified distance to the shape of the subjects.