Resolution and magnification are the two most essential components to achieve a full quality of the image. In pathology, clarity of microscopic slides must attain maximum peak for a better comparison, interpretation and assessment of the condition. Nowadays, the use of digital pathology software has revolutionized the field of medicine through efficient and simultaneous evaluation of multiple histopathological sections.
Frozen Section Slides
Frozen section biopsy is one of the most important tests that are used by oncologists. Since extraction and visualization of cancer cells require lenses with high multiplicative power, a frozen section is done for rapid microscopic imaging. This method also allows real-time imaging of cancer cells during surgery. Since this method involves repeated slicing and freezing of thin sections of cells, use of pathology software allows rapid transmission of microscopic cells into the monitor.
Serial Histological Tests
Serial testing increases the efficacy of histological diagnosis through repeated slices of the same tissue for better image formation. These cuts create an accurate representation of larger tissues in order to more easily visualize the pathology in each area. In addition, it is easier to compare adjacent structures within the cell. Digital pathology applications allow side-by-side comparison in a single monitor to easily identify the impairment.
Low Power Microscopic Slides
A compound light microscope allows hundredfold magnification of a specimen. However, higher visualizing power is necessary when searching for defective organelles, impaired structural proteins and mutated cells in a tissue. Thus, digital applications are necessary to enlarge a histological section and improve overall image clarity.
In addition, the use of digital software enables medical residents and consultants to share the initial interpretation of each histologic specimen. In turn, a quicker and more precise evaluation of microscopic slides will help the pathologist clinch the diagnosis.
Pathology is a modern field in medicine that requires good quality imaging for accurate diagnosis. Thus, digital pathology applications are commonly used nowadays to achieve better quality and speed of disease assessment and diagnosis.