ARM Microscopy for Digital Pathology
Integrate ARM in Your Microscope
ARM microscopy for digital pathology stands for the Augmentiqs augmented reality microscope add-on module. ARM enables low-cost and real-time access to workflow enhancing digital pathology applications including morphometric tools, advanced cell analysis and critical case data within the existing microscope eyepiece.
With ARM microscopy, pathologists can work faster while integrating computational pathology solutions.
ARM Microscopy for Digital Pathology
Adding augmented reality to the microscope eyepiece enables pathologists to access image-analysis software directly within the existing microscope-based workflow.
By combining the potential of computer assisted diagnostics and digital health with the proven advantages of the microscope, the merger of digital pathology within the classic pathology workflow is now within reach.
- Fits and enhances the existing microscope
- Display any information on top of optical view of specimen
- Utilize computer assisted diagnostics directly on glass slide
- No change to optical quality of microscope
Read the UPMC ARM Microscopy Study Published in the May 2020 Journal of Cancer Cytopathology
Conclusions: The Ki-67 index for NETs in cell block material can vary depending on the method using to score positively stained tumor cells. This difference can affect the grade of these NETs, especially for tumors with lower proliferation indices. Manual counting using camera-captured/printed images was the most laborious and time-consuming method. By superimposing image analysis on glass slides in real-time, the ARM microscopy method simplifies and speeds up this task for pathologists.
Images From Inside the Augmented Reality Microscope
Note: The images below were captured with a cell phone camera held up against the microscope eyepiece. The challenge in positioning the phone leads to appeared blurring at the edges of the augmented reality.
Cell phone image of tissue with augmented reality module turned off. The augmented reality can be easily switched on and off, providing a completly normal view of the tissue via the microscope eyepiece.
Cell phone image of augmented reality menubar. The standard placement of the menubar is at the top and bottom of the ocular view, yet could be adjusted.
Cell phone image of augmented reality annotations and morphometrics. Any pathology software can be viewed inside, including cell counting, color segmentation and viewing of case details.
Upgrade Your Existing Microscope
Augmentiqs is easily retrofitted into the pathologists existing microscope, regardless of brand or model. With its unique ability to take out a live image of the tissue & insert information to the microscope via augmented reality, Augmentiqs transforms the existing microscope into a low-cost platform for almost any digital pathology application.
By not changing the optical quality of the tissue specimen, and including a digital-pathology grade camera, the addition of augmented reality to the microscope brings significant cost and workflow benefits.
Faster Workflow With Digital Pathology & Augmented Microscopy
With augmented reality, the speed and capabilities of the pathology workflow are significantly enhanced.
While maintaining the speed and image quality of the microscope, Augmentiqs allows pathologists to access the most useful tools in real-time, helping them work faster while integrating computer-assisted diagnostic tools.
Here is a partial list of what pathologists are doing with augmented reality and their digital pathology capabilities.
- Artificial Intelligence
- QuPath for quantitative IHC
- Viewing case details
- Cell counting
Augmented reality is enabling new possibilities in pathology. Learn more about what is possible inside your microscope.
Artificial Intelligence & Augmented Reality Microscope
Artificial Intelligence (AI) carries many benefits to the pathology workflow. However, without the correct platform, these algorithms will find no inroad within the pathology laboratory.
With augmented reality of the existing microscope, Augmentiqs is the ideal platform for the running of pathology AI algorithms and other digital pathology applications. Cost-conscious labs that don’t make the full transition to WSI will still be able to benefit from the power of digital pathology & artificial intelligence, including computer-assisted diagnosis and other image analysis tools.
Augmentiqs is designed as an Open API system, allowing clinical informatics professionals, AI developers and other digital pathology software providers the ability to create and deploy their own algorithms directly within the microscope.
Learn more about how AI developers can utilize Augmentiqs.
ONE STEP TO ARM YOUR MICROSCOPE
The blue line in the image is the light from the pathologist’s existing microscope lamp that continues to the ocular eyepiece. The optical quality of the tissue specimen is not changed. A small portion of this light is diverted to a high-resolution camera that is designed specifically for digital pathology imaging.
The red light is the augmented reality that is inserted into the optical path, appearing as a digital overlay on top of the optical plane of the tissue. The augmented reality is controlled by the pathologist’s PC, essentially enabling any relevant software to be accessed directly from the microscope eyepiece.
Seamless integration.. No change to MICROSCOPE OPTICAL quality
Augmentiqs ARM microscopy for digital pathology integrates seamlessly into all infinity-corrected light microscopes, adding a digital overlay on top of the regular view of the tissue.
When pathologists look through the microscope eyepiece, they will see the same optical plane of the tissue with no degradation of light or optical quality. The augmented reality is well contrasted from the tissue, and can be easily turned off when toolsets are not required.
Augmenting Pathology Research & Education
The Augmentiqs ARM microscopy module can be placed under the multi-headed scope, providing augmented reality to all users and making it an ideal tool for education, consultations and pathology working groups.
All viewers will see the same optical view of the specimen, and as the computer mouse is passed around the table, each viewer will be able to make annotations, morphometrics or perform advanced cell analysis.