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Microscope Based Digital Pathology System

Augmentiqs offers pathology labs a microscope based digital pathology system that fits with and enhances the existing microscope and pathology workflow. It’s low-cost, highly efficient and brings immediate cost-savings & advancements in care.

YOUR Microscope AS A Platform for Digital Pathology

The microscope remains as the most essential tool for diagnostic testing in cancer, genetics and infectious disease. It is found on every pathologist’s desk, offers vision quality and depth perception that can not be paralleled by any digital device, is easy to use and cost-efficient.  

Augmentiqs transforms the microscope into a smart microscope, enabling the real-time deployment of digital pathology software applications directly from the microscope.

Importantly, Augmentiqs maintains the microscope’s optical qualities while adding functionality.  By integrating a unique camera that captures a full field of view, and an augmented reality display for projecting digital information within the eyepiece, Augmentiqs bridges the microscope with digital pathology & provides pathologists the best of both worlds.

By providing pathologists instant access to telepathology and computational pathology applications directly from the microscope and glass slide, pathologists can benefit from all the benefits of digital pathology at a fraction of the cost of traditional digital systems.

 

Augmentiqs transforms the microscope by enabling multi-directional communication with the PC.

Plug & Play Digital Pathology

Placed in the accessory port of any existing infinity-corrected light microscope, Augmentiqs is a plug & play solution for instant digital pathology.

Augmentiqs is connected to your PC, and includes a software suite with annotation software, quantitative analytics, real-time telepathology, automated reporting and more.

Augmentiqs further enhances digital pathology by offering an Open API thru which any digital pathology software can be deployed directly to the microscope – including artificial intelligence.

The combined hardware and software approach within the microscope provides a complete solution for all the basic – and advanced – technological needs of the pathology workflow.

 

Modular Platform

Augmentiqs is comprised of 4 major components, each of which can be combined to create a digital pathology system that best fits the budget & needs of the pathologist.

Digital Pathology Grade Camera

The Augmentiqs camera is designed to capture a full field of view of the region of interest, as seen via the eyepiece. The high-resolution sensor is specifically designed for the needs of digital pathology, enabling pathologists to deploy image analysis algorithms, manual whole slide imaging and real-time telepathology.

Learn more about the Augmentiqs camera

Augmented Reality of Microscope Eyepiece

Augmented Reality Microscopy (ARM) is a patented technology that enables pathologists to view the tissue sample within the microscope eyepiece, and without having to first digitize a slide, deploy any kind of annotation or image analysis algorithm directly within the microscope.

Learn more about ARM

Auxiliary Stage Camera 

The auxiliary camera is the ideal tool for pathology informatics and workflow automation, enabling three innovative capabilities that cannot be found on any other microscope system. These include automatic recognition of the current objective magnification, tracking of the XY position of slide, and tracking of the slide label.

Learn more about informatics

Software with Open API

Augmentiqs is deployed from the pathologist’s PC, essentially connecting the capabilities of the PC with the analog microscope. Pathologists can choose the software applications they wish to deploy, and even create their own applications via novel tools for collecting microscope metadata.

Learn more about Augmentiqs software

 

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The blue line represents the light from the microscope lamp, passing unadulterated through a standard beam splitter to the microscope eyepiece. A small portion of the blue light is diverted to the Augmentiqs camera. The red light represents the Augmented Reality that is simultaneously viewed in the microscope eyepiece. The 3 dotted lines represent the functionality of the auxiliary stage camera.

Cost Benefits

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Dr. Liron Pantanowitz, Director of Anatomic Pathology, U of Michigan

“As opposed to Digital Image Analysis applied to whole-slide imaging, (Augmentiqs) Augmented Reality Microscope is quicker to use, provides for the real-time and seamless integration of algorithms without the need to first acquire digital images, may be cheaper than buying a whole-slide scanner, and does not require special technical skills to operate.

Based on our calculation of direct equipment costs, the Augmentiqs ARM device is approximately 20 times less expensive than a high-capacity whole-slide scanner.”

Ki-67 Proliferation Index in Neuroendocrine Tumors: Can Augmented Reality Microscopy With Image Analysis Improve Scoring? Journal of Cancer Cytopathology, DOI: 10.1002/cncy.22272,

Lab managers and business directors are continuously being pressured to improve performance and cut costs.

Current digital pathology systems have been hailed as the one size fits all solution to replace microscope-based diagnosis, yet to date, evidence of improved performance, cost reductions or even better healthcare has yet to be seen.

The scientific literature is complete with papers and studies showing the benefits and needs of digital pathology. Augmentiqs is a microscope based system providing these same digital pathology benefits at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

 

  • Telepathology, consultations, frozen sections etc..
  • Proficiency testing & quality assurance while decreasing problems associated with the retrieval of glass slides.
  • Eliminating the problems associated with loss of staining quality over time or loose cover slips.
  • Quantitative image analysis (eg, HER2/neu, estrogen receptors, Ki-67).
  • Creating databases of digital images that may be annotated for the creation of AI datasets.
  • Improves pathology education and ensures every student views the same image.

A Fresh Approach to Digital Pathology

By turning the existing microscope into a connected device, pathology labs can obtain full digital functionality at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.

Augmentiqs meets & even surpasses the needs of the pathologists for going digital, provides true cost-saving benefits, new sources of income for business managers and solves the IT challenge by operating on a local system with a low data footprint and high data security.

Augmentiqs outperformed WSI & 3rd ocular cameras for innovation, speed, quality & value.

Dan Rudmann

Senior Pathologist, CRL

Augmentiqs is an instant microscope-based digital pathology solution.

  • Real-time Telepathology (consults, peer review, frozen sections)
  • Computer Assisted Diagnostics (cell counting, color segmentation, AI)
  • Augmented reality of the microscope eyepiece
  • Manual slide scanning
  • Image capture and annotations (Open file format TIFF, PNG)
  • LIS integration
  • More

Deploying Digital Pathology from the Microscope

Pathologist

Pathologist

Provide The Highest Possible Care

  • Maintain microscope routine
  • Real-time collaboration
  • View LIS information
  • Capture and save images to patient files & PC
  • Access to workflow enhancement tools 
  • Access to annotations, morphometrics and computer-assisted diagnostics

 

Business Manager

Business Manager

Increase Lab Profitability

  • Low cost solution for digital functionality
  • Enhanced workflow
  • Keep using existing capital equipment (microscope)
IT Manager

IT Manager

Maintain Data Security at all Times

  • Secure, local data storage
  • PC-based software
  • Industry-standard data security protocol
  • Digital pathology solution that doesn’t require large servers and advanced storage solutions

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Download the Augmentiqs Digital Pathology Brochure

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Augmentiqs is categorized as an FDA Class 1 exempt device.