Post hoc Correction of Chromatic Aberrations in Large-Scale Volumetric Images in Confocal Microscopy

Marcus N. Leiwe, Satoshi Fujimoto, Takeshi Imai

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Over the last decade, tissue-clearing techniques have expanded the scale of volumetric fluorescence imaging of the brain, allowing for the comprehensive analysis of neuronal circuits at a millimeter scale. Multicolor imaging is particularly powerful for circuit tracing with fluorescence microscopy. However, multicolor imaging of large samples often suffers from chromatic aberration, where different excitation wavelengths of light have different focal points. In this study, we evaluated chromatic aberrations for representative objective lenses and a clearing agent with confocal microscopy and found that axial aberration is particularly problematic. Moreover, the axial chromatic aberrations were often depth-dependent. Therefore, we developed a program that is able to align depths for different fluorescence channels based on reference samples with fluorescent beads or data from guide stars within biological samples. We showed that this correction program can successfully correct chromatic aberrations found in confocal images of multicolor-labeled brain tissues. Our simple post hoc correction strategy is useful to obtain large-scale multicolor images of cleared tissues with minimal chromatic aberrations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number760063
JournalFrontiers in Neuroanatomy
Publication statusPublished - Dec 10 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


Dive into the research topics of 'Post hoc Correction of Chromatic Aberrations in Large-Scale Volumetric Images in Confocal Microscopy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this