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Digital pathology gives functionality far beyond the microscope. Without the need for physical glass slides, you get access to current and historical images—from anywhere and at any time. Your computer also handles time-consuming tasks so you spend more time actually reviewing cases. What’s more, with the digitization of pathology, second opinions, external reading resources, and specialists are just a mouse click away. Digitization also makes integrated diagnostic workflows possible, improving collaboration with other medical disciplines.
Digital pathology increases both the efficiency and quality of the diagnostic review. While the computer takes care of time-consuming tasks, you can focus on what is most important—setting the diagnosis.
Digitization also enables the use of image analysis and artificial intelligence which, in turn, reduces variation and improves the precision of tasks such as cell counting and cancer grading. This brings further benefits, such as boosting the efficiency and quality of the diagnostic review.
Without having to rely on physical glass slides, it is easier for pathologists to work remote, for instance from home when needed. Glass slides can be broken or lost when moved whereas the digital image is always available and always in full quality. And by logging in via a secure connection to the central server, it is possible to perform the diagnostic work from anywhere.
Digital images enable easy remote access and collaboration, regardless of where the participants are. Depending on the access rules you define, pathologists or researchers access images from anywhere and at any time, helping them improve the review quality and patient outcomes.
Digital pathology enables integrated diagnostics—a flow of information across departmental borders for better collaboration and clinical decisions. Access to all information in a single application also saves time for the reviewer, who can access all relevant images and patient information for a case at once.
Pathology plays a key role in multidisciplinary team meetings—or tumor boards—where medical staff from different specialties meet to discuss complex cases pre and post treatment. With instant access to digital pathology images, side by side with radiology or other images, you can have more efficient discussions and are better able to give detailed descriptions of findings. Digital images are also easily available if unplanned cases are added to the discussion during the actual meeting.
One of the key benefits of digitizing pathology is the ability to share digital images, rather than send physical slides. This helps you reduce treatment errors, logistics, and administration, resulting in potential savings. Access to specialists for efficient external readings and second opinions can also shorten waiting times for patients—helping you meet patient demand and regulatory enforcements.
With digital images, you can initiate education and research more efficiently—and already during the review. Give images digital tags for easy follow-up, and outline regions of interest with proper naming for easy identification.
Education based on physical glass slides is unequal as not everyone has the same access to good material. However, digital images ensure high-quality cases for everyone.
Get access to images on any platform, including tablets, making it easy for students to reach their training material.