, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 159–166

Neuronal Tracing for Connectomic Studies


DOI: 10.1007/s12021-011-9101-6

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Lu, J. Neuroinform (2011) 9: 159. doi:10.1007/s12021-011-9101-6


Reconstruction of the complete wiring diagram, or connectome, of a neural circuit provides an alternative approach to conventional circuit analysis. One major obstacle of connectomics lies in segmenting and tracing neuronal processes from the vast number of images obtained with optical or electron microscopy. Here I review recent progress in automated tracing algorithms for connectomic reconstruction with fluorescence and electron microscopy, and discuss the challenges to image analysis posed by novel optical imaging techniques.


ConnectomicsImage segmentationNeuron tracingFluorescence microscopyElectron microscopy

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA