Virtual microscope

Virtual microscopy and digital pathology in educational topics

Traditionally, pathology education has been conducted using textbooks, glass slides, and conventional microscopes. Over the past two decades, the number of web-based pathology resources has expanded dramatically, and centralized pathological resources have been made available to students simultaneously. Recently, full slide imaging technology allows glass slides to be scanned and viewed on a computer screen through proprietary software. This technology is known as virtual microscopy and has created huge opportunities in the field of pathology education. Students are able to learn key histological skills through this educational system. For example, to identify areas of diagnostic relevance of the entire slide through a web-based computer environment, students no longer need to be in the same slide room.

Improve pathology education

Virtual microscopy and digital pathology will help to improve the way pathology education is provided.

Previously, histology, anatomical pathology, and cytopathology were taught for undergraduate and graduate courses using textbooks, glass slides, and conventional microscopes, but increasingly web-based resources in pathology were increasingly used. It has grown dramatically in the last 20 years to complement or replace more traditional methods.

This has helped departments, colleges and professional organizations to provide histological education in a more cost-effective and effective way, which we will discuss the benefits in different parts of education.

Full slide manual imaging

In recent years, another tool called “full manual slide imaging” has introduced the method of histological and histopathological transformation by providing the possibility of scanning all or part of glass slides in diagnostic resolution. This system creates a digital slide of tissue that can be viewed on a computer screen using software and viewed at X and Y axes and various zooms according to conventional physical microscopes.

This tool is called a virtual microscope because it happens digitally. These images are very large and bulky (about a few gigabytes), so it will be difficult to load them on the computer for a long time. Instead, manual scanning systems are defined so that areas of the image can be displayed at your choice, eliminating the need to load the entire image.

Advantages of Virtual Microscopy

One of the key skills that histopathologists must learn is the ability to identify distinguishing points from the entire sample. The virtual microscope allows the skill to be developed in a web-based environment so that the student / trainee can observe morphological patterns or diagnostic features throughout the sample text. Training on tissue sections is not limited to being in a diagnostic room, but can now be taught by scanning complete slides remotely and virtually with the highest quality performance.

To facilitate the teaching of microscopic anatomy and histopathology using virtual microscopes, many medical and laboratory science schools are now replacing their old microscope laboratories with virtual laboratories.

For many institutions, this is a more economical way to provide histology education to large numbers of students because the cost of maintaining and replacing expensive microscopes with the creation and storage of a set of glass slides is greater than the cost of hardware and software. Are digital microscopes.

These institutions also no longer need to create a dedicated laboratory space and have a dedicated technical staff and will have more potential for educational investment. From an educational perspective, the use of virtual slides also ensures that all students will see the slides on equal terms. This system does not interfere with learning and experience with ordinary microscopes because ordinary microscopes can be taught in a separate training session.

It is also possible to use rare slides without fear of breaking. Displaying slides on a computer screen means that students can more easily share content with each other and use teamwork approaches to teaching. This training was even more difficult when students evaluated a glass slide in their individual microscopes. Virtual microscopy has been shown to enhance individual and group learning and enhance the overall learning experience. It also allows them to run their own assessment exams and year-end exams based on the web and virtually.

Virtual microscopy also has the benefit of offering histology courses to students outside the classroom. Students can access virtual microscopy courses online at any time, whereas the traditional method was limited to a slide box and classroom only in a specific place that allowed them to view slides, but now students no longer need to. No presence in the same glass slide room!

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