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MARIN, Diana  and  ROMERO, Eduardo. Virtual microscopy systems: Analysis and perspectives. Biomédica [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.1, pp.144-155. ISSN 0120-4157.

Microscopy has been constantly evolving since the end of the Twentieth Century, with the introduction of new resources which have improved its practice. For example, the use of the virtual microscope has reached a high level of maturity; it is a synergy among disciplines such as pathology, histology, medical informatics and image analysis. This technology has moved forward many paradigms in research, diagnosis, education and medical training. The virtual microscopy systems require the digitalization of a physical slide, using motorized microscopes, pre and post image processing, compression, transmission and visualization. This article provides an extensive analysis of each of these processes.  The main characteristics of virtual microscopy are presented as well as the impact of these systems in image interpretation and in diagnostic activities.

Keywords : Microscopy; biomedical engineering; pathology, user-computer interface; image processing, computer-assisted; education, medical; medical informatics.

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