Building a Digital Pathology Ecosystem for Education and Research
Poster Oct 21, 2015
Yves Sucaet, Silke Smeets, Stijn Piessens, Sabrina D'Haese, Chris Groven, Wim Waelput, Peter In't Veld
Successful roll-out of digital histopathology requires more than a whole slide scanner. At Brussels Free University (VUB), we currently have two main use cases for whole slide imaging: education and biobanking. Both are presented to various end-users through customized user interfaces. With the help of the Pathomation software platform for digital microscopy, these integrate various datastores and image repositories, where possible. Custom coding is used to interact with various vendor-software and server applications, where needed, and always with the goal of minimal data duplication in mind. The end-result is an interconnected network of heterogeneous information silos, and a thriving environment for multi-disciplinary and integrated (both brightfield and fluorescent) virtual microscopy. A subset of applications are available to the public via http://www.diabetesbiobank.org.
This research project attempts to highlight the importance of sampling from multiple sites of the lungs of patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Examining the histopathology of the human lung samples with IPF shows varying levels of fibrosis in different sites of the lung. To ensure an accurate representation of a patient's lungs, it is important to obtain samples from multiple sites on the lobes of the lungs.READ MORE