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of the rapid development in information and communications technology,
tele-medicine enables the transmission and sharing of medical information
to remote sites. Telemicroscopy is just one area of this rapidly developing
field, one that is gaining greater acceptance amongst the medical community
as technological improvements are able to provide the image quality, speed
and reliability necessary for dependable diagnoses.
a microscope is equipped with a video camera. The camera is connected
to a computer. By means of tele-communication, an image from a camera
can be transferred to and viewed on other computers. Optional additions
are: video-conferencing facilities, remote control of microscope and stage.
allows scientists around the world to participate in sessions of microscopical
analysis, no matter how remote they are from each other.
can be consulted instantly, even if they're on the other side of the
world. If, for instance, a surgeon can access during an operation remote
pathological diagnosis quickly, and proceed promptly, reducing the total
such as microscope images, patient data and diagnoses can be shared
- As many
experts as desired can be consulted simultaneously and instantly. They
can discuss their findings while viewing the specimen, thus coming to
a more balanced conclusion.
Time is a critical factor in medicine. Surgery that needs to be repeated,
having to wait for experts to send back their answers and opinions by
mail or courier, have people fly half-way around the globe just to look
at a specimen: all these things are expensive. In other words: 'time
is money' rings very true in medicine.
There is no need for sending slides to the other side of the world.