• Wijetunge CD, Saeed I, Boughton BA, Spraggins JM, Caprioli RM, Bacic A, Roessner U, Halgamuge SK. EXIMS: an improved data analysis pipeline based on a new peak picking method for EXploring Imaging Mass Spectrometry data. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England). 2015 Oct 1;31(19). 3198-206. PMID: 26063840 [PubMed].


Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Imaging Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) in 'omics' data acquisition generates detailed information about the spatial distribution of molecules in a given biological sample. Various data processing methods have been developed for exploring the resultant high volume data. However, most of these methods process data in the spectral domain and do not make the most of the important spatial information available through this technology. Therefore, we propose a novel streamlined data analysis pipeline specifically developed for MALDI-IMS data utilizing significant spatial information for identifying hidden significant molecular distribution patterns in these complex datasets.