The present paper describes a new image processing method for automatic quantitative analysis of autoradiographic band films. It was developed in a specific image analysis environment (IBAS 2.0), but the algorithms and methods can be utilized elsewhere. The program is easy to use and presents some particularly useful features for evaluation of autoradiographic band films, such as the choice of whole film or single lane background determination; the possibility of evaluating bands with film scratch artifacts and the quantification in absolute terms or relative to reference values. The method was tested by comparison with laser-scanner densitometric quantifications of the same autoradiograms. The results show the full compatibility of the two methods and demonstrate the reliability and sensitivity of image analysis. The method can be used not only to evaluate autoradiographic band films, but to analyze any type of signal bands on other materials (e.g. electrophoresis gel, chromatographic paper, etc.).
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