Digital microscopy: A routine mandate in future? A leaf out of Covid-19 pandemic laboratory experience

J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2023 Jan-Mar;27(1):162-167. doi: 10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_111_22. Epub 2023 Mar 21.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out lot of changes among the way people and organisations function. It has also reduced social gatherings and hence social relations considerably, forcing people to adjust to new ways of work and life. An outstanding difference between the current COVID-19 pandemic and previous epidemics or pandemics is the increased availability and use of technology currently, which has been validated by various reports from across the globe. Thus, even with the ensuing pandemic, lockdown and decreased social gatherings, with the technology support we have devised ways to keep in contact with friends, family and work place, so as to continue our lives. Social distancing guidelines and regulations have put pressure on a great many organisations to find new ways of keeping employees and students connected while working remotely. For more deskbound occupations and roles, this can be relatively straightforward, but it is challenging if not impossible for lab-based quality control, research and study. The answer to this is digital remote microscopy which enables sharing of data online, carrying out collaborative work through multi-viewing in real time and facilitates remote training functions.

PMID:37234306 | PMC:PMC10207216 | DOI:10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_111_22

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