FCSFiles.jl

🧫 Read Flow Cytometry Standard (FCS) files in Julia
Author tlnagy
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Started In
March 2017

🧫 FCSFiles.jl

Add FileIO.jl integration for flow cytometry FCS files.

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Loading an FCSFile

FCS files can be loaded by using the FileIO interface.

julia> using FileIO

julia> flowrun = load("example.fcs")
FCS.FlowSample{Float32}
    Machine: LSRFortessa
    Begin Time: 14:12:03
    End Time: 14:12:25
    Date: 17-MAR-2017
    File: Specimen_001_Tube_002_002.fcs
    Axes:
        FSC-A
        FSC-H
        FSC-W
        SSC-A
        SSC-H
        SSC-W
        B_530-30-A
        Time

Metadata

Once loaded the parameters of the FCS file are available as properties.

julia> flowrun.last_modified
"2019-Oct-03 15:35:15"

julia> flowrun.p1n
"FSC-A"

Indexing

There are many ways to index into the FCS file. You can index the FCS file as a matrix (actually an AxisArray).

julia> flowrun[:, 1]
1-dimensional AxisArray{Float32,1,...} with axes:
    :param, ["FSC-A", "FSC-H", "SSC-A", "SSC-H", "B1-A", "B1-H", "B2-A", "B2-H", "HDR-CE", "HDR-SE"  …  "V2-A", "V2-H", "Y1-A", "Y1-H", "Y2-A", "Y2-H", "Y3-A", "Y3-H", "Y4-A", "Y4-H"]
And data, a 23-element Vector{Float32}:
 19.319384
 12.838199
 44.391308
 20.214031
  0.01834727
  0.72980446
 -0.25282443
  0.4430968
  ⋮
  0.54869235
 -0.027989198
  0.48970717
  4.498265
  5.900927
  0.02512901
  0.3956769

This retrieves the values of all the parameters for the first event in the FCS file.

Similarly you can get the values of a single parameter for all events.

julia> flowrun[1, :]
1-dimensional AxisArray{Float32,1,...} with axes:
    :event, 1:83562
And data, a 83562-element Vector{Float32}:
 19.319384
 22.961153
 36.157864
 30.91769
  5.644829
 14.188097
 34.42944
  4.4080987
  ⋮
 23.391977
 -4.813841
 -1.2413055
 11.075016
 13.712906
 23.54529
  5.740017

You can also take ranges of events.

julia> flowrun[1, end-99:end]
1-dimensional AxisArray{Float32,1,...} with axes:
    :event, 83463:83562
And data, a 100-element Vector{Float32}:
   4.576562
   2.553804
  10.608879
  -6.4025674
 -18.626959
   6.1649327
  24.049818
  21.735662
   ⋮
  23.391977
  -4.813841
  -1.2413055
  11.075016
  13.712906
  23.54529
   5.740017

If you know the name of a parameter you can use that name to index.

julia> flowrun["FSC-A"]
1-dimensional AxisArray{Float32,1,...} with axes:
    :event, 1:83562
And data, a 83562-element Vector{Float32}:
 19.319384
 22.961153
 36.157864
 30.91769
  5.644829
 14.188097
 34.42944
  4.4080987
  ⋮
 23.391977
 -4.813841
 -1.2413055
 11.075016
 13.712906
 23.54529
  5.740017

Or you can get multiple parameters at the same time.

julia> flowrun[["FSC-A", "FSC-H"]]
2-dimensional AxisArray{Float32,2,...} with axes:
    :param, ["FSC-A", "FSC-H"]
    :event, 1:83562
And data, a 2×83562 Matrix{Float32}:
 19.3194  22.9612   36.1579  30.9177  …  11.075    13.7129   23.5453   5.74002
 12.8382   3.40729  17.4995  14.0875      8.80171   5.29686  13.0893  11.3576

In general, any indexing that works with AxisArrays should work the same with FCS files.

Plotting

Here is an example which constructs a 2D histogram visualisation of a FCS file.

julia> using Gadfly

julia> p = plot(x=flowrun["FSC-A"], y=flowrun["SSC-A"], Geom.histogram2d,
Guide.xlabel("FSC-A"), Guide.ylabel("SSC-A"), Coord.cartesian(xmin=0, ymin=0))

julia> draw(PNG("example.png", 10cm, 7cm, dpi=300), p)