TOKYO — Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of NIS-A NIS.ai (NIS.ai), an AI module for microscopes that enables advanced image processing and analysis using artificial intelligence (AI).
NIS.ai is a dedicated module for NIS-Elements, Nikon’s imaging software that integrates acquisition, analysis, and data management of microscopic images. The module utilizes convolutional neural networks to learn from small training datasets supplied by the user. The training results can then be easily applied to process and analyze large volumes of data, increasing throughput and expanding application limits. NIS.ai has three functions: Enhance.ai for obtaining low-noise images with short exposure times, Convert.ai for generating virtual fluorescent images from unstained samples, and Segment.ai for easy segmentation of complex cells and structures.
Research in the medical and biological sciences has become deeper and more diversified. There is a growing need for detailed high-speed imaging of live, preferably un-stained, biological samples and efficient analysis of massive amounts of data. In addition, researchers are constantly looking for ways to reduce phototoxic effects of imaging and to preserve viability of the samples. Nikon endeavors to support researchers by enhancing imaging workflows, reducing the need for manual input and associated time and cost, as well as expanding application possibilities through AI-based solutions.