The Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology supports the growth and evolution of a digital pathology environment in support of its varied missions. Digital Pathology (DP) may be defined as "an image-based information environment, enabled by computer technology, that allows for the management of information generated from a digital slide. DP is enabled in part by virtual microscopy, which is the practice of converting glass slides into digital slides [scanning] that can be viewed, annotated, and analyzed on a computer monitor."
The Slide Scanning Service (the Digital Pathology Core) performs scanning on a per-request basis; maintains a secure database of over 90,000 scanned images and associated metadata; instructs and provides technical support to faculty and staff for DP use; and is essentially involved in the growth of DP applications, including support of live-view microscopy for frozen sections and the testing and validation of new whole-slide imaging solutions.
A Visio diagram of our workflow is shown below.
Digital Pathology Slide Scanning Workflow:
"eSlide Manager" is the name for our vendor-provided interface. While all U-M faculty & staff with an account may access eSM with their U-M Level 2 password, eSM is less user-friendly. We recommend new users interface with our database through the this search engine on the Pathology Clinical Lab Portal.
The Virtual Slide Box is a subset of our image database, containing just over 17,000 images, intended for teaching purposes. Patient identifiers have been removed, as it is outside the U-M firewall and accessible to the public.
Please note: effective July 1, 2016, recharges will be applied to all research and non-Pathology UMHS scanning requests.