Journal of Pathology Informatics

TECHNICAL NOTE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-

OpenSlide: A vendor-neutral software foundation for digital pathology


Adam Goode1, Benjamin Gilbert2, Jan Harkes2, Drazen Jukic3, Mahadev Satyanarayanan2 
1 School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Google, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2 School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Department of Pathology and Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mahadev Satyanarayanan
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
USA

Although widely touted as a replacement for glass slides and microscopes in pathology, digital slides present major challenges in data storage, transmission, processing and interoperability. Since no universal data format is in widespread use for these images today, each vendor defines its own proprietary data formats, analysis tools, viewers and software libraries. This creates issues not only for pathologists, but also for interoperability. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of OpenSlide, a vendor-neutral C library for reading and manipulating digital slides of diverse vendor formats. The library is extensible and easily interfaced to various programming languages. An application written to the OpenSlide interface can transparently handle multiple vendor formats. OpenSlide is in use today by many academic and industrial organizations world-wide, including many research sites in the United States that are funded by the National Institutes of Health.


How to cite this article:
Goode A, Gilbert B, Harkes J, Jukic D, Satyanarayanan M. OpenSlide: A vendor-neutral software foundation for digital pathology.J Pathol Inform 2013;4:27-27


How to cite this URL:
Goode A, Gilbert B, Harkes J, Jukic D, Satyanarayanan M. OpenSlide: A vendor-neutral software foundation for digital pathology. J Pathol Inform [serial online] 2013 [cited 2017 Aug 24 ];4:27-27
Available from: http://www.jpathinformatics.org/article.asp?issn=2153-3539;year=2013;volume=4;issue=1;spage=27;epage=27;aulast=Goode;type=0