Källback P, Nilsson A, Shariatgorji M, Andrén PE
Anal. Chem. 88 (8) 4346-4353 [2016-04-19; online 2016-04-05]
This paper presents msIQuant, a novel instrument- and manufacturer-independent quantitative mass spectrometry imaging software suite that uses the standardized open access data format imzML. Its data processing structure enables rapid image display and the analysis of very large data sets (>50 GB) without any data reduction. In addition, msIQuant provides many tools for image visualization including multiple interpolation methods, low intensity transparency display, and image fusion. It also has a quantitation function that automatically generates calibration standard curves from series of standards that can be used to determine the concentrations of specific analytes. Regions-of-interest in a tissue section can be analyzed based on a number of quantities including the number of pixels, average intensity, standard deviation of intensity, and median and quartile intensities. Moreover, the suite's export functions enable simplified postprocessing of data and report creation. We demonstrate its potential through several applications including the quantitation of small molecules such as drugs and neurotransmitters. The msIQuant suite is a powerful tool for accessing and evaluating very large data sets, quantifying drugs and endogenous compounds in tissue areas of interest, and for processing mass spectra and images.