Multiresolution Browsing of Pathology Images Using Wavelets

James Ze Wang, John Nguyen, Kin-Koi Lo, Christine Law and Donald Regula
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

Digitized pathology images typically have very high resolution, making it difficult to display in their entirety on the computer screen and inefficient to transmit over the network for educational purposes. Progressive zooming of pathology images is desirable despite the availability of inexpensive networking bandwidth. An efficient progressive image resolution refining system for on-line distribution of pathology image using wavelets has been developed and is discussed in this paper. The system is practical for real-world applications, pre-processing and coding each 24-bit image of size 2400 x 3600 within 40 seconds on a Pentium II PC. The transmission process is in real-time. Besides its exceptional speed, the algorithm has high flexibility. The server encodes the original pathology images without loss. Based on the image request from a client, the server dynamically generates and sends out the part of the image at the requested scale and quality requirement. The algorithm is expandable for medical image databases such as PACS.

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