||Research on how to use computers to analyze images of cells and tissues has been going on since computer first became available. The hope has been to be able to automate some tedious screening tasks and to achieve more quantitative and reproducible diagnosis or grading of cancers thus giving the clinicians better guidance for treatment. Numerous papers have been published showing promising results but the impact on routine clinical pathology has been minimal. One of the main reasons for this is that the need to digitize the microscopy images has made it too cumbersome and the added complexity has not fit into the work-flow of clinical pathology.
Recently the improved capacity and cost effectiveness of computers and microscopy scanners has led to more and more tissue samples being scanned for routine pathology examinations. Still the plan is to do the actual examination visually looking at computer screens. But the really interesting question is to what extent this will lead to computer assisted image analysis finally having an impact on clinical pathology. In ExDIN, a national project to introduce and promote digital pathology CBA has been asked to try to answer that question. In this seminar I will give some background and discuss how we are approaching this task.