The benefits of digital pathology are obvious: it is much faster and doesn’t necessitate additional personnel costs to make comparative diagnostic findings, since pathologists access a digital archive. Slide preparations are no longer manually exchanged at the microscopy. Comparative positions within a preparation can thus be located easier and several preparations can be examined under the microscope in parallel at the same time. This is especially beneficial when there are only a few diagnostically relevant cells or cell systems in the charted tissue.
The digitization process with the image viewing software is not the only advantage of digital pathology. It also offers great potential for a national and international exchange of experts. Experts can compare notes on digitized histology preparations in real time and get a second opinion via telepathology consultation services and teleconferences. On the one hand, this promotes the skills of "local" pathologists, while it optimizes patient care through a faster availability of specialized knowledge on the other.
The work within the pathology field is also made a lot easier for the entire laboratory thanks to the integration of virtual microscopy. "Thanks to the intelligent integration of digital pathology into the quality assurance system, the quality management system and the error correction system, we pathologists can save resources and use our time more efficiently," Kayser adds.