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This article is part of the supplement: New trends in digital pathology: Proceedings of the 9th European Congress on Telepathology and 3rd International Congress on Virtual Microscopy

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A survey on non specialized off-the-shelf JPEG2000 viewers for digital microscopy use

Vincenzo Della Mea1*, Nicola Bortolotti2 and Carlo Alberto Beltrami2

Author Affiliations

1 Medical Informatics, Telemedicine and eHealth Lab, Dept. of Maths & Computer Science, University of Udine, 33100 Udine, Italy

2 Section of Pathology, Dept. of Medical Morphological Research, University of Udine, 33100 Udine, Italy

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Diagnostic Pathology 2008, 3(Suppl 1):S20  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-3-S1-S20

Published: 15 July 2008


The present paper will present a survey on features of a number of non-specialized off-the-shelf JPEG2000 viewers, seen from the point of view of digital microscopy. Selected viewers were tested within a number of usage scenarios, including: i) open a conformance test JPEG2000 file; ii) open a large JPEG2000 file; iii) moving from one point to another; iv) changing resolution/magnification. For each scenario, data recorded included: successful or unsuccessful operation; time needed for conclusion; occasional problems.

Preliminary results demonstrate that JPEG2000 conformance as stated by many viewers is only limited to some of the possibilities of the JPEG2000 standard, in particular for what regards file size.