Simple Neurite Tracer: open source software for reconstruction, visualization and analysis of neuronal processes

Bioinformatics. 2011 Sep 1;27(17):2453-4. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr390. Epub 2011 Jul 4.


Motivation: Advances in techniques to sparsely label neurons unlock the potential to reconstruct connectivity from 3D image stacks acquired by light microscopy. We present an application for semi-automated tracing of neurons to quickly annotate noisy datasets and construct complex neuronal topologies, which we call the Simple Neurite Tracer.

Availability: Simple Neurite Tracer is open source software, licensed under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) and based on the public domain image processing software ImageJ. The software and further documentation are available via as part of the package Fiji, and can be used on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Documentation and introductory screencasts are available at the same URL.


Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Graphics
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Neurites / ultrastructure*
  • Neurons / cytology*
  • Software*