Understanding the Benefits of All-Digital Histology

The structural properties of tissues are associated with their functionality, which relate to macroscale fields of study like anatomy and physiology. But the focused study of individual tissue structures is known as histology. The main objective of histology is the understanding of structural level organization of tissues in cells, intercellular substances, and organs.

What is Histology Used For?

Histology is used widely in biomedical research to detect the causes of and potential treatments for diseases. Histology can be used in both hospital labs, universities, research institutes, and pharmaceutical companies.

Histology often examines areas of tissue which have been taken out of a living body. These tissue samples are cut into extremely thin slices with a cutting instrument called a microtome.

How Can Histology Benefit from Digitalization?

Teaching histology relies more and more on digital resources instead of microscope laboratories. In the past decade, digital histology has been widely adopted.

Digital histology provides better results as algorithms can be applied for automated analysis, which is faster, more accurate, and has no bias. Histologists can also easily access previous analyses as they can be stored more efficiently. Digitalization also reduces the number of errors that are made, and brakeage does not affect the data.

Using digital histology provides improved views of samples, meaning scientists can magnify the images, view them from various angles and annotate them. It also enables wide-scale collaboration quickly with no need to send physical samples. It also means histologists do not need to spend large amounts of time searching through physical slides to locate what they need. Digital histology also enhances innovation and means histologists have access to better tools and information which encourages them to become more specialized.

Critically, using digital histology results in better outcomes for patients as diagnoses are checked by multiple people and are less susceptible to human error. Digitalization of histology results in quicker diagnosis and routine tasks are sped up without a reduction in the quality. It also means that when the specialist in a field is not in the correct geographical location, they can be sent the information to analyze rapidly.

Long-term costs are also significantly reduced by digitalization of histology. This is because of the increased speed of workflow, lack of need for couriers, reduced travel necessity and a reduction in time spent analyzing and translating data.

At MIPAR

At MIPAR, we offer a range of staining products which can be used for histology to digitally identify, classify and count nuclei. If you would like to find out more, contact us today.

Image 1: Using MIPAR to identify and quanitfy areas within tissue samples.