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Digital morphology: What advances mean for modern laboratories

Advances in technology mean that moving from microscopes to digital alternatives can now be achieved without sacrificing image quality. But this isn’t about the technology. Professor Gina Zini reflects on the key benefits of digital developments, including better quality screening, saved time for morphologists, better clinical collaboration, improved training, and sharing expertise.

When I started my career as a haematologist, examining a blood smear meant looking through a microscope. This was the standard throughout the world.

Advances in technology have since led to the development and deployment of new approaches in many countries. In particular, digital tools have played increasingly supportive roles, often replacing or reducing the need for many manually intensive tasks in laboratories.   

The potential for digital, particularly in areas such as haematology and morphology where I specialise, is now expanding further as more sophisticated technologies continue to be introduced. The aims: to improve efficiency, quality and collaboration in an environment where scarce professionals are in high demand. 

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