I am a medical PhD student at the department of Obstetrics and I investigate identical twin pregnancies. Identical twins share one placenta and their blood circulation is therefore connected to each other via small vessels on the placental surface. A part of job is injecting placentas with colored dye to make the vessels more visible and to check whether there are connecting vessels between the twins. (The picture below is an injected placenta of a identical twin pregenancy with normal vascular distribution)
In some identical twin pregnancies there is a disproportional distribution of placental mass. This factor may result in poor nourishment of one of the twins, resulting in subsequent poor overall fetal growth. (Below a picture of a placenta with a disproportionate vascular distribution)
For my study I want to quantify this disproportion by measuring the length, amount and complexity of the branches for each twin in these pictures.
Do any of you guys know if there is a way to do this? A specific imageJ plugin?
I have only a little experience in ImageJ. I came across some imageJ plugins like AnalyzeSkeleton, but I am not sure whether it really fits my purpose.
It would be great if anyone of you would have an advice for me. Thank you in advance.