Digital pathology refers to using digital imaging technology to acquire, manage, and analyze high-resolution digital images of pathological specimens, such as tissue samples or microscope slides. This process involves converting traditional glass slides into digital slides, which can be viewed, stored, and analyzed using computerized systems. Integrating digital pathology into educational settings allows students and educators to experience numerous benefits.
The benefits of digital pathology in education
Enhanced learning opportunities:
High-resolution digital images give students an in-depth understanding of pathological conditions, allowing them to examine and analyze microscopic details that might not be easily visible with traditional microscopy.
Digital pathology platforms often offer interactive features such as annotations, overlays, and zooming capabilities, enabling students to engage with the specimens actively. This hands-on approach develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These interactive experiences complement the learning process.
More clinical and rare cases can be viewed, providing high-quality education. Accessing slides online addresses the limitations of physical specimen access, making education more accessible to students regardless of geographical location or resource constraints.
Reduced costs and resource consumption:
Students can access a plethora of digital slides remotely, eliminating the need for physical presence in a laboratory or classroom. This reduces the need for physical slides and laboratory materials, saving costs and reducing resource consumption.
Digital slides can be easily shared among students and instructors, enabling collaborative discussions and peer feedback. This fosters a sense of community and encourages active participation.
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- Sagun, Leonisa, and Randell Arias. “Digital Pathology: An Innovative Approach to Medical Education.” Philippine Journal of Pathology, vol. 3, no. 2, 20 Nov. 2018, pp. 7–11.
- Betmouni, Samar. “Diagnostic Digital Pathology Implementation: Learning from the Digital Health Experience.” DIGITAL HEALTH, vol. 7, 2021, pp. 1–11.
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