Imaris Start | Interactive processing and visualization software for 3D and 4D microscopic images | Bitplane

Imaris Start

The Imaris Start Package is an interactive visualization and analysis software for 3D and time-lapse microscopic images with advanced solutions for big datasets (Terabyte range) - smart Volume and Surface rendering based on our multi-resolution technologies, plus Surface calculations for images of unlimited size. Imaris Start Package is perfect for researchers who need an easy to use software for making stunning Snapshots and Animations, generating quantitative information from their microscopy data, co-localization studies, plotting and statistical analysis.

Visualization and animation export


Imaris provides a complete set of features for visualization of multi-channel microscopy datasets from static 2D images to 3D time series regardless of their size and format. Using Imaris Start users can:

  • Use premier 3D/4D volume rendering modes: (MIP, Blend, Shadow Projection, Normal Shading)
  • Simultaneously visualise multiple 2D, 3D or 4D images with differing spatial or temporal dimensions and resolutions
  • Benefit from Imaris’ high performance IMS file format which guarantees smooth navigation even in very large datasets
  • Combine volume rendering, object representation, clipping planes and 2D slicers
  • Easily make high quality snapshots and animations which include volume rendering, detected objects, annotations and object motion by adding several frames of interest in the Key Frame Animation Tool

Automated detection of cells and organelles

Imaris Start provides multiple options to detect and model your biologically relevant structures via step-by-step wizards with a preview of the results at each point in the workflow.



Use Imaris 3D Surfaces to precisely visualize and measure shapes of various objects within your samples such as organelles, nuclei, biofilms, cells, tissues, organs, embryos, tissues as well as whole organisms.

  • Representations of a specified region of interest in the data set
  • Calculated based on global or local threshold or created based on user-defined regions of interests
  • Can be calculated and visualized for data sets up to terabytes in size
  • Act as a container from which all the desired statistics can be calculated

Plotting, statistical tests and group comparisons

Imaris for Cell Biologists includes a seamlessly integrated tool to explore differences between experimental groups (e.g. control vs test) - ImarisVantage. It allows for the creation of interactive plots which help illustrate relationships/patterns/differences amongst object measurement or groups of objects and reveal hidden relationships.

Group Comparison
Statistical Tests


  • Turn your 3D/4D data into a dynamic gallery of individual objects
  • Compare shapes of your 3D detected objects placed next to each other within the grid
  • Select an object within the gallery view and check its position within the dataset



ImarisColoc is the most powerful co-localization analysis tool to quantify and document co-distribution of multiple stained biological components.

  • Co-localization available for 2D, 3D data and time series
  • Regions can be presented as new 3D or 4D color channel
  • Users can expand or narrow the region from which histograms for co-localization are computed

Automatic calculation of: Pearson’s coefficient, Mander’s coefficient, co-localized voxels, co-localized percentages

Additional Resources

The Imaris Learning Center hosts a wide range of tutorial videos, how-to articles and webinars to guide you through the many features of Imaris. We have provided some links below which will get you started on some of our most recent developments.

Imaris Stitcher

Accurate and precise stitching of multiple tiles in XYZ is now possible with our big data capable Imaris Stitcher. Simply load 2D, 3D or 4D tiles for stitching and the software will detect their stage coordinates.


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