Requirements for use of digital images as alternative to direct microscopy (First Edition 2021)
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This Requirement outlines minimum best practice standards for laboratories using digital technology for primary morphological diagnosis and second opinions. This primarily concerns the use of whole slide imaging but also encompasses use of telepathology where digital cameras, operated manually or remotely, transmit images.
The Requirements cover the use of digital microscopy in anatomical pathology, cytopathology, haematology morphology and microscopy in microbiology.
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