UPMC digital pathology study headed by Liron Pantanowitz titled “Ki-67 Proliferation Index in Neuroendocrine Tumors: Can Augmented Reality Microscopy with Image Analysis Improve Scoring?” 

CONDENSED ABSTRACT: The Ki-67 proliferation index in cell blocks of neuroendocrine tumors is typically performed in a variety of ways at different institutions. This study compares traditional and novel scoring methods for Ki-67 enumeration in cytology cell blocks. The results show that augmented reality microscopy coupled with real time image analysis can simplify and hasten this task.

The UPMC (https://path.upmc.edu/) study marks the first evaluation of augmented reality microscopy in cytology. The abstract was accepted to USCAP, and upgraded to a platform presentation to take place at the Moderated Poster Session on Tuesday, March 3 between 3:56 – 4:02 PM.


Augmented reality microsocpy combines digital information on top of the optical plane of the microscope eyepiece. This is performed by projecting a computer-generated digital image within the optical path of the microscope, and is different than virtual reality where specialty glasses are required to create a complete digital or computer-generated environment. By attaching Augmentiqs as an augmented reality enabler to a conventional microscope, it easily converts the microscope into a digital pathology solution that can now be utilized for real-time telepathology and computer-assisted diagnostics (e.g. image analysis, apply artificial intelligence algorithms).

In the UPMC Liron Pantanowitz Digital Pathology study, the combined Augmentiqs augmented reality module and existing light microscope was used by the lab to execute image analysis in the microscope eypiece in order to quantify Ki-67 directly from cytology glass slides while they were present on the microscope’s stage.

UPMC digital pathology augmented reality microscope Liron Pantanowitz

UPMC Study on Augmented Reality & Digital Pathology

3:56 – 4:02 at the Moderated Poster Session, Tuesday March 3, 2020, USCAP

Augmentiqs will be present at USCAP. Visit us at booth #238 to demo our Augmented Reality Microscope, real-time telepathology, integrated QuPath image analysis and other software features that improve pathology workflow directly from the microscope.