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DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2016.273 |
New popular microscopy techniques such as structured illumination microscopy (SIM), selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM) and optical projection tomography (OPT) as well as many other biomedical imaging modalities (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray computed tomography) generate an explosive amount of volumetric data. Techniques such as SPIM capture >50 million voxels per minute, generating tens of terabytes of data per sample1. It is now possible to image whole organs and even animals at single-cell resolution to produce so-called digital embryos2. While highly specialized software packages are available for the analysis and visualization of such data, their use requires expert skills and they are often expensive. Furthermore, their capacity to share data is limited and there are no means for interactive exploration of the data by third parties.