A European network for virtual microscopy-design, implementation and evaluation of performance

Lundin M., Szymas J., Linder E., Beck H., de Wilde P., van Krieken H., ...Daha Fazla

VIRCHOWS ARCHIV, cilt.454, ss.421-429, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 454 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00428-009-0749-3
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.421-429


Web-based virtual microscopy has enabled new applications within pathology. Here, we introduce and evaluate a network of academic servers, designed to maximize image accessibility to users from all regions of Europe. Whole-slide imaging was utilized to digitize the entire slide set (n = 154) for the slide seminars of the 21st European Congress of Pathology. The virtual slides were mirrored to five academic servers across Europe using a novel propagation method. Functionality was implemented that automatically selects the fastest server connection in order to optimize the slide-viewing speed (http://www.webmicroscope.net/ECP2007). Results show that during 6 months of monitoring the uptime of the network was 100%. The average viewing speed with the network was 3.1 Mbit/s, as compared to 1.9 Mbit/s using single servers. A good viewing speed (> 2Mbit/s) was observed in 32 of 37 countries (86%), compared to 25 of 37 (68%) using single servers. Our study shows that implementing a virtual microscopy network spanning a large geographical area is technically feasible. By utilizing existing academic networks and cost-minimizing image compression, it is also economically feasible.