Amira Extensions

Go further in your 3D life sciences data analysis

Amira is a powerful, multifaceted 3D software platform for visualizing, manipulating, and understanding life sciences data from computed tomography, microscopy, MRI, and many other imaging modalities.

Amira is a configurable solution. Select the extensions that provide the best framework for your 3D data visualization and analysis needs.


Try Amira Software

Need more information?

Contact a Sales or Service Representative


Amira extension for additional life science file format support

Conveniently load 3D or 4D+ data from over 140 file formats (powered by Bio-Formats, in cooperation with Glencoe Software). Researchers can now read data from the latest microscopes with the most current version of supported proprietary file formats.


Amira extension for Diffusion Tensor Imaging and perfusion analysis

This extension offers specialized modules to analyze images obtained from CT or MR imaging. Diffusion weighted MR imaging (DWI) is used to image the rate of water diffusion in tissues like brain or muscle. This extension allows the user to compute the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), fractional anisotropy (FA), and directionally encoded color (DEC) maps. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) aims at localizing and visualizing fiber tracts in the human or primate brain and is supported by several modules. Brain perfusion analysis is supported based on tracking a contrast bolus in a time series of MR or CT images.


Amira extension for molecular visualization

This extension combines Amira's strong capabilities for 3D data visualization, such as hardware-accelerated volume rendering, with specific tools for molecular visualization and analysis, such as molecular surfaces, sequence alignment, configuration density computation and molecule trajectory animation. Due to Amira's innovative user interface, using the features of this extension is easy. The XMolecular extension comes with self-running demos and step-by-step tutorials for the most common molecular visualization tasks.


Amira extension for advanced image processing and quantification

This extension provides advanced tools for image enhancement, simplified and automated segmentation, extensive measurement and quantification of objects, cells, and tissue features.

More info


Amira extension for 3D geometry generation

This extension offers advanced features for scientists working with complex surface analysis, volume reconstruction using tetrahedral grids, vector field visualization, and complex tensor computation. This package is designed especially for Finite Element Modeling (FEM), for computational analysis of 3D regular fields, brain science, and 3D fluid dynamics simulations.


Amira extension for filament detection

This extension allows detection and tracing of filaments or tube-like structures in very noisy images, enabling, for instance, analysis of actin fibers or microtubules in electron tomograms.


Amira extension for advanced CFD/FEA tools & data import/export

This extension enables analyzing, visualizing, and presenting numerical solutions from Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, in applications such as biomechanics. XWind enhances the Amira XMesh extension with model export and simulation results import for major formats. It also adds advanced post-processing of these simulation results.


Amira extension for out-of-core data management

This extension allows Amira to deal with large data sets that exceed the available main memory, e.g., on computers with only a small amount of RAM or when using a 32-bit operating system. Using volumes of interest and multi-resolution technology, the XLVolume extension overcomes these limitations and allows interactive visualization and processing of large data volumes. Depending on the available resources, this extension allows exploration of image volumes greater than 8 GB, and has been successfully tested with data sets larger than 300 GB.


Amira extension for developing advanced custom modules

This extension allows you to extend Amira by developing custom data types, visualization or processing modules, and input/output routines through a well-documented C++ API. The object-oriented language together with the open design makes this extension the ideal answer to specific technical requirements.


Amira extension for collaborative and immersive Virtual Reality

This extension enables advanced data visualization and analysis with large tiled displays as well as immersive VR configurations like CAVEs. The XScreen extension supports efficient multi-threaded rendering on multi-pipe systems and distributed rendering on cluster systems at optimal performance with minimal bandwidth requirements. It also supports active or passive stereo, edge blending, head tracking, 3D interaction for using Amira capabilities with a true immersive experience.

Documents and Links

Amira for Life Sciences brochure

Read how Amira software allows to get more detailed insight in life sciences data sets.

Download document