based in Mississauga, ONTARIO (CANADA)
Digital Pathology is an image-based information environment enabled by virtual microscopy. This involves imaging glass slides and saving and distributing their digital images for analysis, archiving and storage.
The virtual microscopy slides are:
•Scanned — using a microscope based scanning device that takes images of the whole slide via large scanning or stitching of smaller scans. This involves a motorized stage to scan the whole slide. Light source stability is important for scanning in order to prevent illumination variation across the whole scan. The X-Cite® exacte is commonly used in slide scanning systems.
•Viewed — on a computer via viewing software
•Managed — some of the slides have a barcode that is also scanned to enable archiving with patient information
•Analysed — using image analysis tools and software, structures maybe automatically identified and quantified
•Shared — digital pathology files may be shared over a network to gather additional expert opinion
Digital pathology technology in no way replaces the expert eye and diagnosing power of a pathologist and a doctor. The only thing it saves is time to image the samples and also provides an efficient and organized way to archive the virtual microscopy slides for future consultations, record-keeping and disease comparison.