A method and apparatus are disclosed for constructing a virtual microscope slide comprised of digitally scanned images from a microscope specimen. The digitally scanned images are arranged in a tiled format convenient for viewing without a microscope, and for transferring the tiled images for viewing by another at a remote location. Several original microscope views at a low magnification are digitized and stored as digitized images coherently seamed together to provide an overall virtual, macro image of the specimen at a lower resolution. Several original microscope views at higher magnifications are digitized and stored as digitized images coherently seamed together to provide virtual micro images at higher resolution. A data structure is formed with these virtual macro and micro digitized images along with their mapping coordinates. Preferably, a generic viewing program is also provided in the data structure that allows remote users to manipulate and interpret the tiled images on the user's monitor. Also, the data structure is formed with significantly compressed data so as to be transmitted over low bandwidth channels, such as the Internet, without loss of resolution that would interfere with the analysis at a remotely-located pathologist receiving the data structure over the Internet. The preferred interactive program allows the pathologist to scroll and view neighboring image areas of interest. A marker on the macro image indicates to the user the location of the micro image and assists the user in selecting areas from the macro image to be viewed at higher resolution and magnification.