Bringing Open Data to Whole Slide Imaging

Sebastien Besson, Roger Leigh, Melissa Linkert, Chris Allan, Jean-Marie Burel, Mark Carroll, David Gault, Riad Gozim, Simon Li, Dominik Lindner, Josh Moore, William Moore, Petr Walczysko, Frances Wong, Jason Swedlow (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Faced with the need to support a growing number of whole slide imaging (WSI) file formats, our team has extended a long-standing community file format (OME-TIFF) for use in digital pathology. The format makes use of the core TIFF specification to store multi-resolution (or "pyramidal") representations of a single slide in a flexible, performant manner. Here we describe the structure of this format, its performance characteristics, as well as an opensource library support for reading and writing pyramidal OME-TIFFs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Pathology
Subtitle of host publication15th European Congress, ECDP 2019, Warwick, UK, April 10–13, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsConstantino Carlos Reyes-Aldasoro, Andrew Janowczyk, Mitko Veta, Peter Bankhead, Korsuk Sirinukunwattana
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030239374
ISBN (Print)9783030239367
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event15th European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP) - University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201913 Apr 2019
Conference number: 15th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP)
Abbreviated titleECDP 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Open data
  • Open file format
  • Whole slide imaging

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