Digital pathology, is a dynamic, image-based environment that enables the acquisition, management and interpretation of pathology information generated from a digitized glass slide (Digital Pathology Association definition). The digital pathology is not only a scanned whole slide images (H&E and IHC), it includes integration of patients clinical data, laboratory reports, radiology, specimen gross images and digital whole slide images in one system, leading to generation of a pathology report. With adoption of uniform image standard like ‘DICOM’ across the specialities, it may soon become a reality.
The department of Oncopathology at RGCIRC in 2020 took its first baby step towards digital pathology by procuring Hamamatsu S210 Nanozoomer whole slide scanner. The digitization of routine daily cases is not yet started, this system is used for digitization of selected cases of interest for teaching and research. The images can be shared world-wide and stored perpetually in the cloud. The limitation of physical glass slides like breakage, fading, storage, retrieval and transport are circumvented.
After validation of DP system, images are optimum for confident diagnosis and can be used for second opinion. The department is building its data base of interesting cases for teaching and shares them on department blog (http://www.pathbliss.com) on regular basis. We hope to share WSI images online with interactive interface soon. The department is also participating in digital imaging projects and undertakes annotation of digital slides.