Idea for Efficient Cell Image Compression

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Pathology and histology slide images are taken with extremely high resolution cameras, resulting in:

  1. High cost of storage
  2. Bandwidth issues while transporting images

It is important to note that these images often rely on lossless compression, because any artifacting will result in a lowered ability for the doctor to give accurate results.

Example of a cell image.

Proposed Solution

In most regions of the body, neigboring cells looks alike to the cells bordering it. I propose the following solution to compress the images:

  1. Segment the image into distinct cells.
  2. Take a dot product of the matrix of cells with itself (ATA) to figure out which cells are most similar to other cells. I call these “reference cells”.
  3. Store a set of deltas for all other cells in terms of rotations, translation, and transformations.
  4. Apply further compression using any standard algorithm to the deltas themselves.

Example of “reference” cells.

A set of deltas in a binary format would be better than a large amount of pixels and allow for better compression.

I attempted to do something along these lines on GitHub here, but had to stop development due to time constraints. Hopefully I can continue this down the line!