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Histopathology. 2017 Jan;70(1):134-145. doi: 10.1111/his.12993.

Digital pathology in clinical use: where are we now and what is holding us back?

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Sheffield NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.


Whole slide imaging is being used increasingly in research applications and in frozen section, consultation and external quality assurance practice. Digital pathology, when integrated with other digital tools such as barcoding, specimen tracking and digital dictation, can be integrated into the histopathology workflow, from specimen accession to report sign-out. These elements can bring about improvements in the safety, quality and efficiency of a histopathology department. The present paper reviews the evidence for these benefits. We then discuss the challenges of implementing a fully digital pathology workflow, including the regulatory environment, validation of whole slide imaging and the evidence for the design of a digital pathology workstation.


digital pathology; whole slide imaging

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