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Digital Atlas Pathology – An analysis

The power of the graphics presentation allows us to customize at a moment’s notice, flexible and much more powerful than at any old methods. We now easily incorporate animated graphics and even sound.

The classic pathology atlas, which usually focused on a specific body system such as GI, respiratory or CNS, was used for education or to assist when faced with a difficult diagnosis. Once reserved for static snapshot images, and published in finite bound books that aged while sitting on a shelf, digital atlases have now exploded in both power and utility.

A whole slide image (WSI)-based atlas removes all the boundaries and inflexibility of its rigid hardbound forerunner. This dynamic tool aids in both education and assisting with difficult diagnosis, but varies dramatically from its predecessor in the amount of information captured per image, image source, its virtually unlimited capacity and its ability to be shared both internally and externally with complete disregard for geographic boundaries.

The most obvious difference is access to the entire digital slide, so the diagnostic entity may be viewed in context of its surrounding morphology. A digital atlas can incorporate patient metadata and image annotations – both of which can be easily turned on or off for educational purposes. Sort, categorize, test, compare, share, annotate, edit, revise and endlessly expand.

Using a digital pathology platform such as Corista’s DP3, which is scanner agnostic, you can incorporate WSI from all the different scanners within your network – or add images from anywhere. The digital revolution gives each department, and each pathologist, the power to stake their claim as an expert – and the reach of the Internet allows each of us to easily share that expertise worldwide.

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