MIPAR is a comprehensive software suite that offers interactive and intuitive applications for the processing, analysis, visualization, and quanitifcation of 2D microscopic images and 3D microscopy datasets. In development since 2007 within the Center for Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM), this software suite has grown rapidly due in large part to the extensive testing and application carried out by many CAMM and CEMAS researchers. It uniquely offers comprehensive environments for both 2D and 3D dataset processing/analysis where specific environments are designed for different tasks.
MIPAR is a powerful program that is easy to use, which has been its most recognized feature, and has allowed users to extract meaningful information from their 2D and 3D data in a fraction of the time necessary with other software solutions.
Beyond this intuitive user experience, MIPAR's advanced image segmentation algorithms offer unparalleled solutions to complex image analysis problems. For example, tools such as pattern mapping have allowed researchers to visualize and quantify features from 2D and 3D images previously thought to only be possible after days or weeks of tedious manual analysis.
While quantification is typically the ultimate goal of 2D or 3D data analysis, visualization is invaluable for communicating results to collaborators and community members. In the area of 3D visualization, CEMAS has relied on FEI's flagship Avizo software for the final rendering and animation of 3D reconstructions. Avizo's powerful tools are in a league of their own, and the combination of MIPAR's processing with Avizo's visualization has proven to be a state-of-the-art toolset.