Considerations for digital pathology displays


Although AI is the ultimate aim for digital histopathology, for the foreseeable future there is still a need for display  in digital histopathology, especially with the growth in remote or home reporting.  But there are only a few displays specifically marketed for this purpose and many histopathology displays were initially developed for radiology.  Although there are standards and guidelines for radiology, there are relatively few for histopathology.  All this can lead to challenging purchasing decisions, especially if consumer displays are being considered for home reporting.  This presentation will present the need for QC in histopathology displays, stratagems for deploying digital displays and present results of a novel psychophysical display QC tool.  All this leads to recommendations for minimum specifications and QC requirements for digital pathology displays.



   1. Understand the importance of display in digital pathology

   2. Understand the need for QA of displays for digital pathology

   3. Be able to make selection decision for digital pathology displays


Presented by:


David Brettle, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


David Brettle is the Chief Scientific Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK. Prior to this he was the Head of Medical Physics and Engineering at Leeds for 11 years. During this time he completed a term as President of the institute of Physics in Engineering and Medicine. Last year he received a lifetime achievement award from the Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England. His current role includes the professional lead for the Healthcare Scientists in Leeds, research into image quality in digital pathology at the National Pathology Imaging Co-operative and leading on innovation and technology for the two new hospitals being built in Leeds. His background is in radiology physics and his digital imaging experience spans over 30 years. Early work included developing some of the first digital mammograms and algorithms. From this work themes around image probity, digital display, imaging system evaluation and psychophysics have been developed.