Virtual microscopy in virtual tumor banking.
Isabelle M., Teodorovic I., Oosterhuis JW., Riegman PHJ., Passioukov A., Lejeune S., Therasse P., Dinjens WNM., Lam KH., Oomen MHA., Spatz A., Ratcliffe C., Knox K., Mager R., Kerr D., Pezzella F., Van Damme B., Van de Vijver M., Van Boven H., Morente MM., Alonso S., Kerjaschki D., Pammer J., López-Guerrero JA., Llombart-Bosch A., Carbone A., Gloghini A., Van Veen EB., Tubafrost Consortium None.
Many systems have already been designed and successfully used for sharing histology images over large distances, without transfer of the original glass slides. Rapid evolution was seen when digital images could be transferred over the Internet. Nowadays, sophisticated virtual microscope systems can be acquired, with the capability to quickly scan large batches of glass slides at high magnification and compress and store the large images on disc, which subsequently can be consulted through the Internet. The images are stored on an image server, which can give simple, easy to transfer pictures to the user specifying a certain magnification on any position in the scan. This offers new opportunities in histology review, overcoming the necessity of the dynamic telepathology systems to have compatible software systems and microscopes and in addition, an adequate connection of sufficient bandwidth. Consulting the images now only requires an Internet connection and a computer with a high quality monitor. A system of complete pathology review supporting biorepositories is described, based on the implementation of this technique in the European Human Frozen Tumor Tissue Bank (TuBaFrost).