Digital Advances in Modern Pathology

Digital Pathology has witnessed significant advancement in terms of digitization of glass slides, use of artificial intelligence to analyze tissue samples, and further making pathology practice collaborative.

New imaging techniques, some of them in real-time, is advancing the field of Digital Pathology. Digital advancement has taken place which is shaping digital pathology. Digital imaging is the one that will be adopted at the fastest rate.

Today software programs enable pathologists to create and read digital slides, image sharing, collaboration, and storage security. The pathologist can Pan, zoom, annotate, generate reports. Unlike traditional histological samples, microscopic users can create digital images of almost any tissue sample traditionally viewed under a microscope.

With the support of digital pathology solutions, pathologists can now collaborate with other pathologists across the globe. They can consult, collaborate and share in real-time. Advantages of cloud computing for storage & rapid image sharing allow researchers to create accessible databases.

Advances in Digital Pathology:

Advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have promoted new applications.

Digital Histology and Cytology-
Digital Pathology uses digital process instrumentation when performing cellular diagnostics. DP also digitizes biomedical laboratory data.

Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)-
Researchers use AI to create algorithms for use in medical image analysis. The most common skin tumours examined by pathologists are basal cell carcinomas (BCCs).

Digital Imaging (DI) and Video Streaming (VS) – Advances in DI and VS allow the sharing of real-time images to any location worldwide. This telepathology facilitates collaboration between professionals to provide rapid diagnosis. Waiting on test results is agonizing for patients and may impact their prognosis.
Computational Pathology (CPATH)- CPATH performs basic measurements and counting as well as advanced ML exams for digital imaging. It’s able to superimpose or link more than what’s seen on a physical glass slide. This allows spatial correlation with different slides and stains.
Virtual Slide Systems- With virtual slides, you can take entire histopathology slides and evaluate them from a remote location. You can also copy these glass slides. Then, transfer them into a high-resolution digital image.
Organ and Body System Assessment- A key development involves Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). DICOM-compliant diagnostic imaging tools examine the function of organs or other body systems.
Digital technology is transforming healthcare and the future delivery of pathology services in new and remarkable ways.

OptraSCAN digital pathology solutions is a perfect tool for transitioning from conventional microscopy to digital pathology for effective acquisition of whole slide images, viewing, storing, archiving, real time-sharing, and reporting via various pricing models. These scanners have a small footprint, low and high-throughput scanners are lightweight, and easily fit into small workspaces.