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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Personal mobile slide viewers for Pathologists.

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We have been waiting for this,the optimum integration of communication technology and the practice of pathology to help every pathologist individually.

The InterPath concept is to provide access to a virtual microscope that can be controlled in much the same way as with traditional light microscopy. Pre-scanned frozen sections can be downloaded from designated sites on the Web and viewed in an accompanying viewer that is provided free of charge. Convenient features like selection of image areas, zooming and adjustment of light density are supplied. Using the application rapid specialist referrals can be made, without access to a computer, a microscope or the original specimen.
The Interpath for iPhone application allows for a remote pathologist to review and navigate high quality images of diagnostic quality using either the cellular network or WIFI networks on the iPhone. Using the application rapid specialist referrals can be made, without access to a computer, a microscope or the original specimen. The image can be reviewed by the pathologist and used to provide a diagnosis used in cancer and other disease treatments
The system consists of a generic high quality microscope slide scanner, of which there are several currently on the market. A server where the images are located and the iPhone. The iPhone is used to access the large image that is stored in the server but only to retrieve relevant parts. Using the multi-touch interface that the iPhone provides, an intuitive interface is provided that allows the user to navigate and view images of interest in a similar way to that provided by Google Earth. There are plans to put this system into immediate trials prior to consideration of its integration into our patient treatment workflow.
We might not be able to use this for diagnosing any borderline cases, but the potential is enormous. It makes taking second opinions simpler than ever before. With evolving technology, we might be free of a fixed workstation for basic microscopic evaluations!


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