Removing bleaching artifacts from voltage sensitive dye recordings with ICA
© Fathiazar et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013
Published: 8 July 2013
Voltage sensitive dye (VSD) imaging of multiple neurons becomes one of the most promising up-to-date methods to investigate neuronal network activity. However, optical imaging signals are often superimposed by noise and artifacts. Hence, post-processing methods are needed to overcome this corruption and separate neuronal activity from other signals. One of the significant artifacts in VSD imaging is bleaching, a decrease of the optical signal while the recorded signal of the local field potentials remains unchanged . In this study we used independent component analysis (ICA) in comparison to principal component analysis (PCA) and detrend method to separate the neuronal VSD signals from bleaching artifacts. ICA is a blind source separation method that has been used in many different approaches such as to recover action potentials of neurons in multiple-detector optical recordings . We used the ICA-DTU Toolbox [http://www2.imm.dtu.dk/pubdb/views/publication_details.php?id=4043] with maximum likelihood formulation to identify neuronal signals and the effect of bleaching.
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