Digital pathology has a number of benefits over traditional microscopy. It allows for better management of data and therefore better security. It also minimizes human interaction, and thus human error, through automated quality control, image transfer, and data management. Digital slides can be organized easily, making search more effective. They can also be stored indefinitely and analyzed with algorithms that are accurate and objective.
However, digital pathology comes with its own challenges. Many of these revolve around data management, especially for multiplex immunofluorescence (IF) imaging, which generates whole-slide, high-resolution images in the form of digital slides. As we continue to shift towards digital, it’s essential for pathologists and researchers using multiplex IF to manage their data in a simple, organized way. We review three considerations to keep in mind when designing your data management system.