The world of X-ray analysis saw an exciting advancement recently when scientists at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) revealed TomocuPy, a new software package that can drastically speed up the data analysis process between 30 and 100 times. TomocuPy allows users to rapidly process data obtained from structural X-Ray imaging microscopes, meaning that scientists and researchers can analyze their data with greater precision and accuracy than ever before.
TomocuPy is an innovative software package that uses special algorithms to quickly process data obtained from microscopes that use X-ray structure imaging. These microscopes take a series of images that, when reconstructed, provide detailed 3-dimensional visualization of the object being studied, be it a material, molecule, or other substance. Structural X-ray imaging reveals a rich amount of information about the micro- and nanoscale structure of objects such as proteins, cells, and other biomolecular assemblies, giving scientists the ability to analyze their samples with unprecedented detail.
This precision has traditionally come with a cost: analysis of structural X-ray imaging data could often be time-consuming, preventing rapid scientific discoveries. TomocuPy changes this with its lightning-fast processing speeds. By using special algorithms and techniques such as 3-dimensional reconstruction and Fourier transformations, TomocuPy is able to cut processing times down to a fraction of their former levels – in some cases, TomocuPy has been shown to be up to 30 times faster than the current practice!
TomcuPy removes a major bottleneck in data analysis, increasing speed and accuracy while still providing researchers with the same high level of detail as before. Whether it’s used to analyze molecular structure, medical imaging, or anything in between, TomocuPy is sure to usher in a new era of precision and accuracy in the world of X-ray data analysis.