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A tool for analyzing electrode tracks from slice histology

By Philip Shamash, Matteo Carandini, Kenneth Harris, Nicholas A. Steinmetz

Posted 19 Oct 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/447995

It is now possible to record from hundreds of neurons across multiple brain regions in a single electrophysiology experiment. An essential step in the ensuing data analysis is to assign recorded neurons to the correct brain regions. Brain regions are typically identified after the recordings by comparing images of brain slices to a reference atlas by eye. This introduces error, in particular when slices are not cut at a perfectly coronal angle or when electrode tracks span multiple slices. Here we introduce SHARP-Track, a tool to localize regions of interest and plot the brain regions they pass through. SHARP-Track offers a MATLAB user interface to explore the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, register asymmetric slice images to the atlas using manual input, and interactively analyze electrode tracks. We find that it reduces error compared to localizing electrodes in a reference atlas by eye. See github.com/cortex-lab/allenCCF for the software and wiki.

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