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Cytometry. 1990;11(5):561-9.

Proposed standard for image cytometry data files.

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Biomedical Sciences Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551.


A number of different types of computers running a variety of operating systems are presently used for the collection and analysis of image cytometry data. In order to facilitate the development of sharable data analysis programs, to allow for the transport of image cytometry data from one installation to another, and to provide a uniform and controlled means for including textual information in data files, this document describes a data storage format that is proposed as a standard for use in image cytometry. In this standard, data from an image measurement are stored in a minimum of two files. One file is written in ASCII to include information about the way the image data are written and optionally, information about the sample, experiment, equipment, etc. The image data are written separately into a binary file. This standard is proposed with the intention that it will be used internationally for the storage and handling of biomedical image cytometry data. The method of data storage described in this paper is similar to those methods published in American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Report Number 10 and in ACR-NEMA Standards Publication Number 300-1985.

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