Aquiles Carattino

refining the position of nanoparticles on an image

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After locating particles for nanoparticle tracking using gray dilation, we will end up with a lot of false positives (for example, single-pixel noise). In @crocker1996Methods of Digital Video Microscopy for Colloidal Studies they propose calculating the centroid around one of those pixels by performing the following computation:

$$\begin{pmatrix}\epsilon_x \ \ \epsilon_y \end{pmatrix}=\frac{1}{m_0}\sum_{i^2+j^2\le w^2}\begin{pmatrix}i\ j\end{pmatrix}A(x+i, y+j)$$


$$m_0 = \sum_{i^2+j^2\le w^2} A(x+i, y+j)$$

The equations above are the common centroid calculation in a region. That is why it is important to subtract the background appropriately as done in image restoration for nanoparticle tracknig or there would be a bias towards the brighter regions of the image.

Bear in mind that $$\epsilon$$ represents the variation from the previously identified pixel as the likely center of the particle. In principle, if $$|\epsilon|>0.5$$ then we should move the likely candidate to a new region and recalculate the position.

It is important to note that @crocker1996Methods of Digital Video Microscopy for Colloidal Studies was written before the onset of single-molecule localization microscopy, and therefore the approach may be slightly extemporaneous to today’s approach, but nonetheless valid.


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