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Future of Pathology is here: Introducing PathPixel your comprehensive guide to Digital Pathology

Updated: May 21, 2023

Welcome to PathPixel, where we provide a comprehensive resource for digital pathology solutions. As the founder of PathPixel, I want to share my personal journey that led me to create PathPixel and the passion that drives our work.

As a pathologist, I remember spending countless hours taking photomicrographs with my cell phone during my training years. It was during my fellowship training that I first became fascinated with digital pathology when I worked on a project to digitalize slides for late-night frozen sections for interpretation of renal transplants. The technology and its numerous benefits immediately caught my attention, leading me to pursue a master's degree in health informatics.

It wasn't long after that I got the opportunity to lead a digital pathology project at my first job. Our lab was relocating to a new office, and we had a basement full of slides that needed to be archived. We had one scanner, and we needed to buy another one. That's when I started looking into various scanners, their specifications, image viewers, AI companies, and solutions they had to offer. It was a daunting task, but I was determined to find the best solution for our lab. Throughout my research, I developed a detailed spreadsheet listing all the scanners, their specifications, image viewers, and AI companies.

It became clear to me that if I was facing so many questions and challenges, then surely other pathologists and labs must be experiencing similar issues when transitioning to digital pathology. Fast forward to today, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of digital pathology and AI in the pathology world. As a result, numerous companies now offer various types of solutions in digital pathology, each with a large variation in their products. With so many options available, it can be challenging for the implementation team to make informed decisions and find the right solution for their needs.

This is where PathPixel comes in. We provide comprehensive resources to help labs and pathologists navigate the transition to digital pathology. Our website lists various scanners, image viewers, and AI companies, making it easier for pathologists and labs to find the right solution for their needs.

Whether you are very new to digital pathology or already have implemented a digital pathology and looking to add more scanners or solutions, PathPixel ( has various resources.

Various solutions for capturing high-quality digital images of tissue specimens for analysis and diagnosis and enlist various slide scanners, scanning service companies and microscope cameras.

At its core, digital pathology involves converting glass slides into digital images that can be viewed and analyzed using computer software. One of the key challenges in digital pathology is choosing the right scanner to capture high-quality digital images of tissue specimens. With so many options available on the market, finding the right scanner for your lab can be a daunting task. This requires careful consideration of factors such as purpose, throughput, resolution, compatibility, cost, and support and maintenance. PathPixel is here to help you choose a scanner that meets your specific requirements and supports your digital pathology efforts.

If your lab is not ready to invest in a digital pathology scanner, you may still be able to take advantage of digital pathology by outsourcing your slide scanning needs to a reputable scanning service. These services will allow you to obtain digital images of your tissue specimens without the upfront costs of purchasing a scanner. By outsourcing your slide scanning, you can also avoid the ongoing maintenance and support costs associated with owning a scanner. Additionally, many scanning services offer quick turnaround times, enabling you to access digital images of your slides more rapidly than if you were to perform the scanning in-house. While outsourcing slide scanning may incur additional costs, it can be a cost-effective option for labs that are not yet ready to invest in their own digital pathology scanner. PathPixel is here to help you find the right services for your scanning needs.

Microscope cameras are powerful tools that allow pathologists to examine the tiniest of details in both live and static images. These cameras are designed to attach to a microscope and capture high-quality images and videos of specimens, which can then be analyzed on a computer or other devices. Additionally, live microscopes are advanced instruments that offer a real-time view of specimens, enabling pathologists to capture static images or live streaming with or without remote control. Telepathology allows pathologists to view and analyze specimens remotely, enabling faster turnaround times, remote consultation in real-time, enhancing collaboration and knowledge-sharing across geographic boundaries. These tools can be invaluable for pathologists looking to enhance their diagnostic capabilities without investing in a full digital pathology system.

Digital pathology storage solutions range from on-premises storage systems to cloud-based solutions that offer scalable and secure storage options. These solutions provide the ability to store, manage, and access large amounts of data, with features like metadata tagging, search functionality, and access controls to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Overall, digital pathology storage solutions offer numerous benefits over traditional storage methods, including increased efficiency, accessibility, and the ability to collaborate and share information real-time. PathPixel will help you to choose the right storage solution that fits your needs

An image management system is a software application designed to manage and store digital images, including those generated by digital pathology scanners. Image management systems are used in pathology to store, retrieve, and analyze digital pathology images, making it easier for pathologists and other healthcare professionals to access and share these images.  Image management systems for digital pathology typically include features such as image annotation, image analysis, and image sharing capabilities. These systems are designed to handle large volumes of high-resolution images, making them ideal for use in digital pathology. At PathPixel you will be able to look at various options to find the one suitable for your Digital Pathology needs.

AI is revolutionizing the field of pathology by providing powerful tools to aid in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planning. AI tools can analyze large volumes of medical images and patient data to identify patterns and insights that may not be immediately apparent to human clinicians. Some of the most used AI tools in pathology include machine learning algorithms, image analysis techniques, and natural language processing. These tools can be used to assist in tasks such as identifying cancerous cells in tissue specimens, predicting the likelihood of disease recurrence, and analyzing medical imaging data to diagnose and monitor diseases. As AI continues to evolve, it is likely that its impact on pathology will only continue to grow, leading to more accurate and efficient diagnoses, better treatment outcomes, and ultimately, improved patient care. On this page you will be able to see various vendors offering AI solutions.

When selecting monitors, computers, and other hardware for digital pathology, several specifications are essential to ensure the best performance and accuracy. Overall, the specifications required for monitors, computers, and other hardware for digital pathology should be carefully considered to ensure that the hardware can handle the large and complex image files required for accurate tissue analysis.

But we're not stopping there. We're also creating an educational blog to dive deeper into the subject of digital pathology, from basic concepts to advanced. We want to share our knowledge and passion for digital pathology, helping more labs and pathologists benefit from this technology.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We are excited to be a part of the digital pathology community and to contribute to its growth and development.

Founder and Blog Author

Snehal Sonawane, MD

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