MountainsMap® Image

Dedicated image analysis software for optical microscopes and laboratory images


Why choose MountainsMap® Image software?


MountainsMap® Image software makes it possible to:

  • Add dimensions to your images and turn them into metrology data.
  • Extract horizontal contours for geometric dimensioning.
  • Quantify binary, grayscale and color-shaded spots, grains and particles.
  • Enhance image quality and remove defects.
  • Convert color images into 3D for better understanding of color variation.
  • Link images with other types of surface data handled by Mountains®.



Key Features



Quantify gray- or color-shaded spots when others would fail

Preprocess and optimize your images to achieve the best working conditions

  • Restore uniform lighting conditions over the whole image to optimize contrast smoothly and locally, using polynomial lighting correction.
  • Correct local defects using seamless mathematical healing.
  • Optimize contrast using a range of dedicated tools.
  • Extract a color layer from the RGB color image (e.g. red) to study it separately.

Right : Field emission microscope image of Molybdenum (courtesy Tatsuo Iwata, Sapporo, Japan under Creative Commons license).



Counting spots that can be easily separated by a threshold and turned into a binary image is easy - any image processing software will do it. However, quantitative analysis of shaded spots on a surface that itself contains shaded areas and shadowing is a much more difficult exercise - it is here that MountainsMap® Image excels.



Cosmetic industry: Evaluation of hair re-growth speed after removal - based on images of tapes stripped off a volunteer's leg before and after treatment by growth-slowing cosmetics.


A good example of non binary (shaded) spot quantification: the evaluation of antiacne treatments. The red component of the image of the patient's acne has been extracted from the redish/pink background, then quantified in terms of red units per unit of surface area. Both the size and intensity of acne spots are taken in account.



Quantification of rust evolution: direct binarization of this image would not work because the mechanical component is round and illumination is not constant over the surface. However - thanks to MountainsMap® tools - the relevant information can be extracted from the background, and numerical results can be obtained.


Teeth whitening treatment: spot reduction can be quantified using MountainsMap® Image for objective efficacy evaluation.

(All cosmetics images on this page courtesy of Dr Alain Jacquet, University of Bordeaux, France.)


Calculate horizontal dimensions

 Calculate horizontal distances, horizontal angles.
 Extract the horizontal contour of objects and carry out further analysis using the Contour optional module.
 Match an extracted contour to a specified shape using DXF file comparison.


The Extract Contour operator makes it possible to calculate the geometric dimensions of this gear wheel.


Count grains and particles at any scale

 Binarize pores, bumps, grains, particles and drops to quantify their shape and density.
 Sort different populations and study them separately.


Population of stones sorted by area after watershed segmentation of the image.


Sebum excretion quantification by binarization of an image of absorbent paper (Sebutape™) + particle analysis