Open-Source Tools for Volume Estimation of 3D Multicellular Aggregates

De Santis, Ilaria and Tasnádi, Ervin and Horváth, Péter and Bevilacqua, Alessandro and Piccinini, Filippo (2019) Open-Source Tools for Volume Estimation of 3D Multicellular Aggregates. APPLIED SCIENCES, 9 (8). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2076-3417

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The volume is one of the most relevant features that define the treatment of an in vivo tumour. When using cancer 3D in vitro models in pre-clinical studies, it becomes important to evaluate the macroscopic effects of drugs and radiotherapy treatments. Depending on the nature of the 3D in vitro model used, different open-source solutions can be used for measuring the volume by starting from microscope-acquired images. In this work, we introduced several open-source tools today available for estimating the volume of 3D multicellular aggregates (e.g., spheroids, organoids), also giving hints for defining the best software by analysing characteristics of 3D in vitro models and limits of the tools. Finally, using several cancer organoids imaged by a fluorescent microscope, we compared volume estimations obtained with different tools, besides presenting a new version of the Reconstruction and Visualization from Multiple Sections (ReViMS version 2.0) tool. This work aims to be the reference for researchers interested in estimating the volume of 3D multicellular aggregates through an open-source tool.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: oncology; microscopy; 3D in vitro models; surface rendering; volume estimation
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > RC Internal medicine / belgyógyászat > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer) / daganatok, tumorok, onkológia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 09:41
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 09:41

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