Whole-Slide Imaging

Reference implementation of DICOM for whole-slide microscopic imaging (digital pathology).



Orthanc provides support for whole-slide imaging (digital pathology). The implementation is made of three components:

  1. A command-line tool called "Dicomizer" that converts whole-slide images to DICOM, following Supplement 145. This conversion tool can take advantage of the well-known OpenSlide toolkit to decode the proprietary file formats that are commonly used in digital pathology.
  2. An Orthanc plugin that extends Orthanc Explorer with a Web viewer of whole-slide images. This plugin is based upon OpenLayers, a JavaScript framework to display dynamic maps in any web page.
  3. A command-line tool called "DicomToTiff" that converts some whole-slide image stored in an Orthanc server, into a standard hierarchical TIFF image. This tool can be used to export DICOM images to any post-processing framework.

Click on the following image to access a demo server:


The code of the Orthanc for Whole-Slide Imaging framework is licensed under the Affero General Public License (AGPL). Pay attention to the fact that this license is more restrictive than the license of the Orthanc core.


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