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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33

A taxonomic index for retrieval of digitized whole slide images from an electronic database for medical school and pathology residency education


1 Department of Pathology, Metrohealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, USA
3 Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, Madison, WI, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Agnes G Loeffler
Department of Pathology, MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpi.jpi_34_19

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Since the advent of whole slide imaging, the utility of digitized slides for education in medical school and residency has been amply documented. Pathology departments at most major academic medical centers have made digitized slides available to pathology residents for study, even before the use of digitized slides for clinical purposes (i.e., primary diagnosis) has become commonplace. This article describes the experience of one academic medical center with the storage and indexing of large volumes of digitized slides. Our goal was to be able to retrieve scanned slides for a variety of educational applications and thereby maximize the heuristic value of the slides. This posed a formidable challenge in terms of development and deployment of an index system that would allow exemplary slides to be identified and retrieved irrespective of the purpose for which the slide was scanned. We used the structure inherent in Aperio's image management software (eSlide Manager) to build an educational database that allowed each image to be appended with a unique taxonomic identifier so that the individual files could be retrieved in a flexible and utilitarian manner.


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