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Digital imaging in cytopathology.

Khalbuss WE, Pantanowitz L, Parwani AV - Patholog Res Int (2011)

Bottom Line: The accessibility provided by digital imaging in cytopathology can improve the quality and efficiency of cytopathology services, primarily by getting the expert cytopathologist to remotely look at the slide.This improved accessibility saves time and alleviates the need to ship slides, wait for glass slides, or transport pathologists.In spite of the many advances, challenges remain such as the expensive initial set-up costs, workflow interruption, length of time to scan whole slides, large storage size for WSI, bandwidth restrictions, undefined legal implications, professional reluctance, and lack of standardization in the imaging process.

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Affiliation: Division of Pathology Informatics, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA.

ABSTRACT
Rapid advances are occurring in the field of cytopathology, particularly in the field of digital imaging. Today, digital images are used in a variety of settings including education (E-education), as a substitute to multiheaded sessions, multisite conferences, publications, cytopathology web pages, cytology proficiency testing, telecytology, consultation through telecytology, and automated screening of Pap test slides. The accessibility provided by digital imaging in cytopathology can improve the quality and efficiency of cytopathology services, primarily by getting the expert cytopathologist to remotely look at the slide. This improved accessibility saves time and alleviates the need to ship slides, wait for glass slides, or transport pathologists. Whole slide imaging (WSI) is a digital imaging modality that uses computerized technology to scan and convert pathology and cytology glass slides into digital images (digital slides) that can be viewed remotely on a workstation using viewing software. In spite of the many advances, challenges remain such as the expensive initial set-up costs, workflow interruption, length of time to scan whole slides, large storage size for WSI, bandwidth restrictions, undefined legal implications, professional reluctance, and lack of standardization in the imaging process.

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An example of a static image that is acquired from a whole-slide image using the viewer software interface allowing for multiple uses of the acquired image such as for use in telecytology or remote conferences.
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fig4: An example of a static image that is acquired from a whole-slide image using the viewer software interface allowing for multiple uses of the acquired image such as for use in telecytology or remote conferences.

Mentions: WSI technology may offer significant advantages for telecytology applications over static and real-time image transmission. However, these advantages come with some cost. WSI equipment allows for image capture in at least two dimensions with scanning magnification at high enough magnification to produce an image of the entire specimen with similar resolution to what is routinely used in a standard light microscope. Hence, instead of partial images of the specimen, the observer of a WSI can review the entire specimen in a similar fashion to reviewing the actual slide under the microscope (Figure 4).


Digital imaging in cytopathology.

Khalbuss WE, Pantanowitz L, Parwani AV - Patholog Res Int (2011)

An example of a static image that is acquired from a whole-slide image using the viewer software interface allowing for multiple uses of the acquired image such as for use in telecytology or remote conferences.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig4: An example of a static image that is acquired from a whole-slide image using the viewer software interface allowing for multiple uses of the acquired image such as for use in telecytology or remote conferences.
Mentions: WSI technology may offer significant advantages for telecytology applications over static and real-time image transmission. However, these advantages come with some cost. WSI equipment allows for image capture in at least two dimensions with scanning magnification at high enough magnification to produce an image of the entire specimen with similar resolution to what is routinely used in a standard light microscope. Hence, instead of partial images of the specimen, the observer of a WSI can review the entire specimen in a similar fashion to reviewing the actual slide under the microscope (Figure 4).

Bottom Line: The accessibility provided by digital imaging in cytopathology can improve the quality and efficiency of cytopathology services, primarily by getting the expert cytopathologist to remotely look at the slide.This improved accessibility saves time and alleviates the need to ship slides, wait for glass slides, or transport pathologists.In spite of the many advances, challenges remain such as the expensive initial set-up costs, workflow interruption, length of time to scan whole slides, large storage size for WSI, bandwidth restrictions, undefined legal implications, professional reluctance, and lack of standardization in the imaging process.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Pathology Informatics, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA.

ABSTRACT
Rapid advances are occurring in the field of cytopathology, particularly in the field of digital imaging. Today, digital images are used in a variety of settings including education (E-education), as a substitute to multiheaded sessions, multisite conferences, publications, cytopathology web pages, cytology proficiency testing, telecytology, consultation through telecytology, and automated screening of Pap test slides. The accessibility provided by digital imaging in cytopathology can improve the quality and efficiency of cytopathology services, primarily by getting the expert cytopathologist to remotely look at the slide. This improved accessibility saves time and alleviates the need to ship slides, wait for glass slides, or transport pathologists. Whole slide imaging (WSI) is a digital imaging modality that uses computerized technology to scan and convert pathology and cytology glass slides into digital images (digital slides) that can be viewed remotely on a workstation using viewing software. In spite of the many advances, challenges remain such as the expensive initial set-up costs, workflow interruption, length of time to scan whole slides, large storage size for WSI, bandwidth restrictions, undefined legal implications, professional reluctance, and lack of standardization in the imaging process.

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