NIH Image to ImageJ: 25 years of image analysis

Nat Methods. 2012 Jul;9(7):671-5. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2089.


For the past 25 years NIH Image and ImageJ software have been pioneers as open tools for the analysis of scientific images. We discuss the origins, challenges and solutions of these two programs, and how their history can serve to advise and inform other software projects.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology* / history
  • Computational Biology* / methods
  • Computational Biology* / trends
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Software / history*
  • Software / trends
  • United States