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3DVascNet: An Automated Software for Segmentation and Quantification of Mouse Vascular Networks in 3D.

BACKGROUND: Analysis of vascular networks is an essential step to unravel the mechanisms regulating the physiological and pathological organization of blood vessels. So far, most of the analyses are performed using 2-dimensional projections of 3-dimensional (3D) networks, a strategy that has several obvious shortcomings. For instance, it does not capture the true geometry of the vasculature and generates artifacts on vessel connectivity. These limitations are accepted in the field because manual analysis of 3D vascular networks is a laborious and complex process that is often prohibitive for large volumes.

METHODS: To overcome these issues, we developed 3DVascNet, a deep learning-based software for automated segmentation and quantification of 3D retinal vascular networks. 3DVascNet performs segmentation based on a deep learning model, and it quantifies vascular morphometric parameters such as vessel density, branch length, vessel radius, and branching point density. We tested the performance of 3DVascNet using a large data set of 3D microscopy images of mouse retinal blood vessels.

RESULTS: We demonstrated that 3DVascNet efficiently segments vascular networks in 3D and that vascular morphometric parameters capture phenotypes detected by using manual segmentation and quantification in 2 dimension. In addition, we showed that, despite being trained on retinal images, 3DVascNet has high generalization capability and successfully segments images originating from other data sets and organs.

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, we present 3DVascNet, a freely available software that includes a user-friendly graphical interface for researchers with no programming experience, which will greatly facilitate the ability to study vascular networks in 3D in health and disease. Moreover, the source code of 3DVascNet is publicly available, thus it can be easily extended for the analysis of other 3D vascular networks by other users.

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