Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP), program director for the Cytotechnology program, and her team published an article, “Optimal z-axis scanning parameters for gynecologic cytology specimens,” in Journal of Pathology Informatics.
The use of virtual microscopy (VM) in clinical cytology has been limited due to the inability to focus through three dimensional (3D) cell clusters with a single focal plane (2D images). Limited information exists regarding the optimal scanning parameters for 3D scanning. The purpose of their study was to determine the optimal number of the focal plane levels and the optimal scanning interval to digitize gynecological (GYN) specimens prepared on SurePath™ glass slides while maintaining a manageable file size. Read the full article linked above for their findings.
Congratulations, Dr. Donnelly, et al!