Chasing snails: Automating the processing of EMCCD images of luminescence from opercula

G. A.T. Duller*, H. M. Roberts

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

20 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Opercula of the gastropod Bithynia tentaculata are composed of calcite, and are typically 2–4 mm in length. They emit a thermoluminescence (TL) signal that can be used for dose reconstruction, and spatially resolved TL data from them can be obtained using an electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD). However, when multiple measurements are made of the same sample with imaging detectors such as the EMCCD, registering the different images is crucial so that when regions of interest (ROI) are defined they consistently relate to the same part of the specimen. Previous work on opercula has undertaken this registration by hand, but this is prohibitively time consuming and is also potentially prone to human error. An automated registration process is described, and its use is illustrated using a dose recovery experiment. Without registration more than half of the regions of interest defined across the operculum failed the recycling test, and for those ROIs which did pass recycling the dose recovery ratio varied from 0.7 to 1.2. After registration more than 97% of ROIs passed recycling and all these ROIs gave dose recovery ratios within two sigma of unity. The automated registration process described here has potential for application to other types of solid sample such as rock slices provided they are not perfectly circular.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl107084
Nifer y tudalennau7
CyfnodolynRadiation Measurements
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 06 Maw 2024

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