Interactive Estimation of Heterogeneity from Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Evgeny S. Zhvansky, Daniil G. Ivanov, Anatoly A. Sorokin, Anna E. Bugrova, Evgeny N. Nikolaev, Igor A. Popov

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In this work, we demonstrate a new approach for interactively assessing hyperspectral data spatial structures for heterogeneity using mass spectrometry imaging. This approach is based on the visualization of the cosine distance as the similarity levels between mass spectra of a chosen region and the rest of the image (sample). The applicability of the method is demonstrated on a set of mass spectrometry images of frontal mouse brain slices. Selection of the reference pixel of the mass spectrometric image and a further view of the corresponding cosine distance map helps to prepare supporting vectors for further analysis, select features, and carry out biological interpretation of different tissues in the mass spectrometry context with or without histological annotation. Visual inspection of the similarity maps reveals the spatial distribution of features in tissue samples, which can serve as the molecular histological annotation of a slide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3706-3709
Number of pages4
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2021


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