Awareness about Whole Slide Imaging and Digital Pathology among Pathologists - Cross Sectional Survey

Authors

  • Sandhya Sundar1, Pratibha Ramani2, Herald J Sherlin3, Gheena Ranjith3, Abilasha Ramasubramani4, Gifrina Jayaraj4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i2.2768

Keywords:

Pathologists, Digital pathology, virtual slides, whole slide imaging

Abstract

Aim: To assess awareness of pathologists on whole slide imaging and digital pathology Method: An online, structured questionnaire was sent to pathologists of various dental and medical colleges in Chennai. The data was collected using Microsoft excel version 2011 and statistically analyzed using SPSS software. Results: 28.6% of pathologists were only aware of the fact that whole slide imaging can perform a live scanning of digital images. 81% said the magnification produced by WSI were greater than conventional microscopy. 52.4% agreed on the time taken to perform the whole slide scanning to be one minute. 85.7% were convinced that diagnostic difficulties could be best consulted through the digital slides. 52.4% agreed integrated automated image analysis increased the diagnostic efficacy of WSI in routine histopathology. 62.5% of them felt that the high cost of the equipment and infrastructure was the major impeding factor in usage o f WSI. Conclusion: Whole slide imaging and digital pathology is a promising future of pathology as it can significantly reduce the workload and enhance the diagnostic efficiency in various aspects. There was a reasonable awareness among the pathologists. Until hospitals collaborate and take initiative to bring whole slide imaging into practice, its difficult to make the best of its advantages.

Author Biography

Sandhya Sundar1, Pratibha Ramani2, Herald J Sherlin3, Gheena Ranjith3, Abilasha Ramasubramani4, Gifrina Jayaraj4

1Postgraduate, 2Professor and Head of the department, 3Professor, 4Reader, 5Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College & Hospitals, Saveetha University

Published

2020-04-29

How to Cite

Sandhya Sundar1, Pratibha Ramani2, Herald J Sherlin3, Gheena Ranjith3, Abilasha Ramasubramani4, Gifrina Jayaraj4. (2020). Awareness about Whole Slide Imaging and Digital Pathology among Pathologists - Cross Sectional Survey. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(2), 126-130. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i2.2768