27.05.2017

Fully Digital Microscopy for routine diagnostics and integration into hospital information workflow

E-SCOPE

 

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TypeHSR Project
Startdate09-2001
Enddate08-2003
SummaryThis last decade, many medical and technological efforts have been made to turn diagnostic pathology into a reliable medical practice taking advantage of multimedia systems for remote diagnostics, image banks, standards for images (DICOM Visible Light), reporting electronic forms, archiving systems and supporting certification and accreditation procedures. Unfortunately, these candidate materials could not be implemented on a large scale because the conventional microscope, as the central standalone imaging system, is still designed as a human viewing apparatus not suitable for the production of standardised digital images as demonstrated by the PRESS study (Bureau Communautaire des References). The e-scope project thus aims at making the fully digital microscope available for routine diagnostic practice with the key advantage of actually incorporating the standards for medical imaging, archiving and communication, in addition to enabling the certification and accreditation procedures set up for by the diagnostic pathology community. OBJECTIVES This last decade, many medical and technological efforts have been made to turn diagnostic pathology into a reliable medical practice taking advantage of multimedia systems for remote diagnostics, image banks, standards for images (DICOM Visible Light), reporting electronic forms, archiving systems and supporting certification and accreditation procedures. Unfortunately, these initiatives could not be implemented on a large scale because the conventional microscope, as the central standalone imaging system, is still designed as a human viewing apparatus not suitable for the production of standardised digital images as demonstrated by the PRESS study (Bureau Communautaire des References). The objective of this e-scope project is thus to make the fully digital microscope available for routine diagnostic practice with the key advantage of actually incorporating the standards for medical imaging, archiving and communication, in addition to enabling the certification and accreditation procedures set up for by the diagnostic pathology community. DESCRIPTION OF WORK The project founding statements are: - The emerging technology of fully digital microscopy is now demonstrated and protected (French and European patents now applying to USPTO); - The quality of medical diagnostic on digital images compared to direct microscope viewing has been established as very equivalent by independent European projects (HOME, CANTOR, IMPACT and EUROPATH) and hundreds of published studies; - The requirements for quality assurance and quality control of diagnostic pathology have been formulated and disseminated through the European and International Societies of Pathology and Cytology during this last decade; - The bottleneck of digital imaging integration in pathology is the conventional microscope that suffers from several limitations in this respect: it is basically analogic, it does not allow reproducible image quality, it is not designed to be networked; - As of today, all attempts to adapt the conventional microscope into an imaging terminal have decreased its user friendliness and cost effectiveness. By the association of 3 complementary manufacturers, this project will make available the new generation of digital microscopes to leading pathology laboratories, will integrate the microscope system into the laboratory or hospital computer based environment and, will finally assist the take-up of such technology by a voluntary dissemination and exploitation strategy.
 
CountriesFrance, Germany, Italy
SectorsPrimary, Hospital
TopicsE-Health, Health technology assessment
 
Views5
Last update date09-20-2011 11:25

 


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