Digital pathology

Pathology

Pathology is one of the most important branches of medical science with which all fields of medicine are related in some way. The basis of modern pathology (pathology science) is the understanding of cellular and molecular disorders that cause diseases. Extensive content in this field makes it very difficult for a person to achieve complete skills in all areas. So that in many cases, every pathologist needs to consult a specialist pathologist in a specific field. It is relatively easy to access such counseling in large centers. But in most centers, the lack of such access, along with side issues such as costs and problems with transporting glass slices, has led to the inefficiency of many consultations.

Telepathology or remote pathology

Telepathology is one of the sub-disciplines of electronic medicine, which has received special attention in recent years and has opened a new horizon in pathology, especially in organizing diagnostic consultations. Telepathology is the process of tissue diagnosis using digital sample images obtained by electronically sending images to a specialized center.

This method can be used in four different practical aspects, which are: Consulting, initial diagnosis, training and quality control.

In Iran, the use of telepathology does not have a long history and its use is limited to counseling in one of the referral centers for a long time. This is while this range is developing rapidly in other countries. On the other hand, there are many problems in Iran in the fields of education, quality control and especially pathology counseling due to the distance and the lack of equal distribution of educational and specialized facilities, which proper use of telepathology can be the solution for many of them. .

History of digital pathology

The history of digital pathology goes back more than 100 years, when specialized equipment was first used to record images from a microscope on photographic screens. The history of digital pathology goes back more than 100 years, when specialized equipment was first used to record images from a microscope on photographic screens. However, over the last two decades, pathology has begun to undergo a truly digital transformation into an electronic environment.

These devices have made significant progress over the past 20 years. Today, complete microscopic sample manual and self-scanning systems are capable of automatically producing very high resolution (WSI) images of the entire slide of a microscopic specimen that exist like glass slides but are so-called virtual and digital microscopes.

full slide imaging system

With the use of these digital systems, significant advances have been made in storage and computing technology, big data processing and the sharing of these large images. As a result, full-slide scanning systems and their WSI image-sharing platforms have become important tools that can support routine diagnostic and scientific discovery work in pathology, and the development of next-generation tools, including artificial intelligence (AI). Make possible.

Since the commercial introduction of Full Slide Imaging (WSI), digital pathology has become a thriving field. The ability to digitize an entire glass slide has led to several clinical, educational, and research applications.

Benefits of Digital Pathology

Digital pathology enables pathologists to continue their diagnostic activities with transparency and consistency, speed and remote evaluation, and rapid collaboration, thereby improving efficiency and productivity. The future of digital pathology could eventually include advanced diagnostic research with the help of artificial intelligence diagnostic systems and significant advances in diagnostic medicine.

Using whole digital pathology microscopic sample imaging systems, the glass slide can be viewed in bright or fluorescent conditions with a magnification comparable to a microscope. Digital slides can be shared with other people using specialized digital pathology cloud systems on networks.

Digital pathology offers benefits that are not easily achieved with glass slides alone.

  • Advanced analysis
  • Reduce error rates
  • Better display
  • Improve the work process
  • Reduce queuing problems
  • More innovation

These are just a few of the pathologists’ concerns about digital pathology. But as they learn more, pathologists find that their apprehension about digitization prevents them from gaining significant benefits. They also found that old-fashioned methods could not compete with today’s digital solutions.

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