Consisting of a 225 pathology slides of breast tissue, the 143GB image vastly exceeds the 4GB limit imposed by the original TIFF format while retaining backwards compatibility. The new format will be open source.
The company says the technology’s stupendous image resolution makes it possible to create spectacularly detailed images of blood, tissue and bone marrow and has been compared to Google Earth when zooming in and out.
Scanning obviously requires specialised technology, in this case Aperio's ScanScope slide scanning system is used to create the digital images of entire microscope slides at gigapixel resolutions. The company says this process takes only minutes and produces digital slide images with dimensions that routinely exceed 100,000 x 100,000 pixels.
In related news, 2,045 images were stitched together to make a 13 gigapixel panorama A camera perched on the roof of a building at 7th Avenue and 110th Street in New York City panned and tilted, capturing the skyline from 4:43 p.m. to 6:53 p.m.
A website harlem 13 gigapixels presents the result
Avoiding jpeg compression to get 10 times better resolution
A survey of currently available high resolution cameras
A chip with 111 million pixels