My immediate need for digital pathology was to supplement the pre-existing learning resources on our regional training website pathkids.com with more microscopic images. We have a geographically dispersed clinical and training network in the South West of England and trainees have to travel several hours to view microscope slides in certain specialist areas such as paediatrics, soft tissue or bone pathology. Digital scanning of microscope slides allows them to be viewed in different locations by multiple trainees at the same time. I needed a digital slide scanner with a compact footprint which would fit into a busy clinical lab and produce decent quality non-proprietary images for a competitive price.
I am the clinical lead for an ongoing project to digitize our clinical cellular pathology workload between the five hospital SW Peninsula cancer network and I have a vested interest in making sure the current and next generation of pathologists in this region become comfortable with using this technology. Digital pathology is far more than just diagnosing pathology from a screen. The microscope has benefited from at least 200 years of clinical evolution, but the emerging benefits of harnessing the computational power of digital prognostic and predictive algorithms to save pathologists time and provide meaningful information to their medical and surgical colleagues are starting to outweigh the arguments against clinical adoption of whole slide imaging. My early impressions of the Optrascan system are very encouraging. The support staff are always on hand to help with any query and are incredibly helpful, approachable and professional
Here is an example of a rare salivary tumour whole slide image which I have scanned and hosted using the Optrascan system.