Digital pathology

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Digital Pathology is an image-based information environment which is enabled by computer technology that allows for the management of information generated from a digital slide. Digital pathology is enabled in part by virtual microscopy, which is the practice of converting glass slides into digital slides that can be viewed, managed, and analyzed on a computer monitor. With the advent of Whole-Slide Imaging, the field of digital pathology has exploded and is currently regarded as one of the most promising avenues of diagnostic medicine in order to achieve even better, faster and cheaper diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of cancer and other important diseases.

Digital Pathology Environment[edit]


Digital slides are created from glass slides using a scanning device. Digital pathology requires high quality scans free of dust, scratches, and other obstructions. [1]


Digital slides are accessible for viewing via a computer monitor and viewing software either locally or remotely via the Internet.

Example: digital pathology tissue slide stained with Her2/neu biomarker used for diagnosis of breast cancer.


Digital slides are maintained in an information management system that allows for archival and intelligent retrieval.


Image analysis tools are used to derive objective quantification measures from digital slides. Pattern recognition and visual search tools are used to classify specimen imagery and identify medically significant regions of digital slides.


Digital pathology workflow is integrated into the institution's overall operational environment.


Digital pathology also allows internet information sharing for education, diagnostics, publication and research.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Flagship Biosciences. "How to Improve Whole Slide Scanning in Digital Pathology". Flagship Biosciences LLC. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

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