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About telemicroscopy

A product 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.

What is telemicroscopy

Telemicroscopy: 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.

Advantages of telemicroscopy:

  • Telemicroscopy allows scientists around the world to participate in sessions of microscopical analysis, no matter how remote they are from each other.
  • Experts 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 operation time.
  • Resources, 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.
  • Cost-effective. 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.
  • Time-efficient. There is no need for sending slides to the other side of the world.