Bringing Open Data to Whole Slide Imaging
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 open-source library support for reading and writing pyramidal OME-TIFFs.
KeywordsWhole slide imaging Open file format Open data OME-TIFF
This work was funded by grants from the BBSRC (Ref: BB/P027032/1, BB/R015384/1) and the Wellcome Trust (Ref: 202908/Z/16/Z).
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