BioImagene has provided sneak peeks of this technology in the past year. One of the last hurdles for digital pathology adoption remains the human user interface component. While the mouse is suitable for a number of computing functions, devices or inputs that are similar to conventional glass slides and microscopy may be critical for most users. This may provide one device that in addition to reasonable scan times and faster viewing will allow for increased use.
Encourage you to check out the device at the upcoming USCAP meeting if you are attending.
Full press release below:
BioImagene, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end digital pathology solutions, today announced the availability of the iSlide™ input device, an innovative device that allows pathologists to use a microscope-like interface to manipulate digital images of slides.
iSlide mimics a microscope stage. Pathologists using the iSlide can move a glass slide, just the way they would on a microscope stage, to ergonomically view digital images of slides on a computer monitor. The iSlide is designed to provide a superior alternative to using a conventional mouse, to navigate digital images of slides.
Dr. Robert Monroe, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of BioImagene explained, “The iSlide is a more efficient way to navigate through virtual slides. The device allows me to use the same motor skills that I would use on a microscope and the viewing experience is more intuitive than if I used a conventional mouse. Additionally, the compact design makes it easy to navigate images and type a report at the same time.”
The iSlide integrates a microscope stage, a full-size keyboard, wireless mouse, speakers, and a microphone in a unified input device. Vikram Mohan, Senior Director of Marketing added, “While designing the iSlide, we integrated the commonly found components on a pathologist’s desk with this novel viewing technique, to allow a pathologist to sign out cases in the most efficient and intuitive way possible. As the motions and ergonomics of the iSlide parallel those of a microscope, pathologists used to their microscopes will still have the same level of comfort while using the iSlide.”
“BioImagene’s tradition of innovation leads us to develop unique tools to help pathologists more rapidly adapt to the digital pathology experience,” said Dr. Ajit Singh, Chief Executive Officer of BioImagene. “The iSlide, with its enhanced viewing capabilities, is an example of this kind of innovation.”
The iSlide and the suite of BioImagene’s end-to-end digital pathology solutions can be experienced at Booth 101 at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting 2010, between March 22-24, 2010. The conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.