Pathological tests form an integral part of a complete clinical examination. And of course, with the advancement of technology, pathological tests have become more efficient. The whole slide scanner or Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) has not only revolutionized but also digitalized pathological tests.
The whole slide scanner doesn’t use glass slides, scan them, and produce digital images of the pathogens. WSI, also referred to as ‘virtual microscopy’ as it functions like a microscope, instead allows the images to be viewed on the computer screen instead of through a microscope. This makes the evaluation of the sample much simpler.
What are the Features and Benefits of WSI?
Mikroscan Distributed Pathology explains why whole slide scanner or WSI is important with regard to pathology.
Evaluation process made simpler: Digital scanning of the slides removes chances of human error. As the data collected from the slide is transferred to software that interprets it first level, the chances of errors are reduced. Moreover, the diagnosis will be done by a pathologist, but based on the primary information provided by software.
Sectional scanning: For WSI, there is no need to provide an entire set of slides. The imaging process can be done only if a part of the series is available, or in case there is no sufficient amount of pathological material available. This is important in cryogenics as slides may not be available in the required number, but with enhanced digital imaging, the pertinent details can be accessed.
Slides are undamaged: The scanning of slides ensures that there are no chances of damage or contamination of the slides. Once the images have been taken, the slides can be returned to be stored and reused in the future.
Thus, to conclude WSI not only makes the work of pathologists simpler but also features technological advancement in the field of pathological study.