A tile server is a piece of software that can break down large images into smaller pieces, at a specified resolution. The resulting “pieces” are referred as “tiles”.
There's a tile server behind Google Maps, and most software for digital pathology relies on tile server technology as well. What makes PMA.start unique in this context is that the desktop-viewer can also serve as a tile server.
This means that PMA.start can be used to set up bespoke digital pathology and image analysis workflows, without the need for dedicated hardware or server-software.
You can learn more about how this process works on our blog, where we explain why tile servers are essential to tackle digital pathology data streaming bottlenecks.
Combine PMA.core and PMA.start
PMA.core is PMA.start's big brother. It supports more storage options, offers security options, and manages slide meta-data.
PMA.start and PMA.core can perfectly go together, and we have many satisfied customers that have built ecosystems that exploit the features of both.
Here are two use cases worth highlighting: