Parametric Blind Deconvolution for Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)-Proof of Concept

Praveen Pankajakshan 1, * Laure Blanc-Féraud 1 B. Zhang 2 Zvi Kam 3 Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin 2 Josiane Zerubia 1
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1 ARIANA - Inverse problems in earth monitoring
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , Laboratoire I3S - SIS - Signal, Images et Systèmes
Abstract : We propose a method for the iterative restoration of fluorescence Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) images with parametric estimation of the acquisition system's Point Spread Function (PSF). The CLSM is an optical fluorescence microscope that scans a specimen in 3D and uses a pinhole to reject most of the out-of-focus light. However, the quality of the image suffers from two primary physical limitations. The first is due to the diffraction-limited nature of the optical system and the second is due to the reduced amount of light detected by the photomultiplier tube (PMT). These limitations cause blur and photon counting noise respectively. The images can hence benefit from post-processing restoration methods based on deconvolution. An efficient method for parametric blind image deconvolution involves the simultaneous estimation of the specimen 3D distribution of fluorescent sources and the microscope PSF. By using a model for the microscope image acquisition physical process, we reduce the number of free parameters describing the PSF and introduce constraints. The parameters of the PSF may vary during the course of experimentation, and so they have to be estimated directly from the observation data. We also introduce a priori knowledge of the specimen that permits stabilization of the estimation process and favorizes the convergence. Experiments on simulated data show that the PSF could be estimatedwith a higher degree of accuracy and those done on real data show very good deconvolution results in comparison to the theoretical microscope PSF model.
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Praveen Pankajakshan, Laure Blanc-Féraud, B. Zhang, Zvi Kam, Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin, et al.. Parametric Blind Deconvolution for Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)-Proof of Concept. [Research Report] RR-6493, INRIA. 2008. ⟨inria-00269265v2⟩

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