Digital pathology-implementation challenges in low-resource countries

Paul Fontelo, John Faustorilla, Alex Gavino, Alvin Marcelo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Cellular Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital pathology
  • low-resource countries
  • medical education
  • virtual microscope
  • virtual slide
  • whole slide imaging


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