Published By : 31 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Digital pathology offers a host of advantages. Digitization of images is useful for primary diagnosis, telepathology, to obtain second opinion, image analysis, education and conferencing, archiving and sharing, research and publication, as well as tracking.
The market for digital pathology, which involves transferring and managing data procured from pathology laboratories into digital format, is new in the global perspective. Nevertheless, with increasing adoption of digital pathology solutions, the market is expected to showcase growth in the coming years. Increasing expenditures on cancer diagnostics due to the high prevalence of cancer is favoring the need for digital solutions. The use of digital format helps in storing investigation results and intermediate findings that can be used later for research purposes. With rising expenditures on healthcare IT and the increasing association between pathologists and cloud service givers, the growth of the global digital pathology market will be on a rise.
In pathological examinations, digitization facilitates better interoperability and dependable outcome for pathologists thus its adoption is on the rise in modern healthcare facilities. The need for automation in diagnostic procedures and the need for combined modules of digital pathology is expected to further boost the demand for digital pathology solutions for application in research organizations and diagnostic laboratories.
The development of this market is hampered due to several factors as well. The price factor for installation of digital pathology framework and stringent regulations for the use of digital pathology solutions for primary diagnosis is challenging the market’s growth.
In a recent development in the digital pathology industry, microDimensions has released an upgraded version 2.0 of the free digital pathology viewer Zoom. The advanced version of the software enables collaboration of researchers that are working independently on digital whole slide images. The 2.0 version of Zoom allows loading and viewing of a sequence of images that were formerly aligned and have been created with other software applications. It also enables two aligned images to be viewed concurrently, for example, to compare the response of tumors to different biomarkers.
The note function of Zoom 2.0 offers the capability to label areas of interest, add comments, and share with others.