Digital pathology - implementation challenges in low-resource countries

Anal Cell Pathol (Amst). 2012;35(1):31-6. doi: 10.3233/ACP-2011-0024.


Background: Medical education in pathology and histology in low-resource countries face many obstacles because of equipment cost and telecommunication deficiencies. Digital Pathology may provide solutions. We report student experience to virtual slides on a local network and a remote image server.

Methods: Using an iPad tablet device, fifty 3rd and 4th year medical students viewed digital pathology slides from a Web server at the National Library of Medicine and a mirror server on the local network.

Results: The quality of images from both servers was found to be satisfactory, but the local server was deemed faster and preferred by the participants in this study (p < 0.005).

Conclusions: Virtual slides on a local network server may provide solutions to equipment and technical obstacles and could enhance student learning in developing countries.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Pathology, Clinical / education*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students, Medical
  • Telepathology / methods*