The phasor approach to fluorescence lifetime imaging analysis

Biophys J. 2008 Jan 15;94(2):L14-6. doi: 10.1529/biophysj.107.120154. Epub 2007 Nov 2.


Changing the data representation from the classical time delay histogram to the phasor representation provides a global view of the fluorescence decay at each pixel of an image. In the phasor representation we can easily recognize the presence of different molecular species in a pixel or the occurrence of fluorescence resonance energy transfer. The analysis of the fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) data in the phasor space is done observing clustering of pixels values in specific regions of the phasor plot rather than by fitting the fluorescence decay using exponentials. The analysis is instantaneous since is not based on calculations or nonlinear fitting. The phasor approach has the potential to simplify the way data are analyzed in FLIM, paving the way for the analysis of large data sets and, in general, making the FLIM technique accessible to the nonexpert in spectroscopy and data analysis.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CHO Cells
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods*
  • Paxillin / metabolism
  • Transfection


  • Paxillin
  • enhanced green fluorescent protein
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins