Virtual Microscopy

R. W. Ogilvie, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy
Medical University of South Carolina

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Histology Laboratory Teaching Survey

Click on WebMic 1.19 below to explore what we use for Histology Lab at MUSC

WEBMIC 1.19 *

The link above will take you to a site that is organized as a Virtual Microscope, WEBMIC. This is a collection of specimens that you can view and study with the aid of labeled structures and cells. This is main resource that is used for Histology Laboratory here at MUSC, with only a very minor role for the Microscope and Glass Slides. A complete manual has been written that guides the medical and dental student through the process of viewing and studying each specimen in WebMic. The specimens within this collection are not virtual slides. The specimens are presented as stepped magnifications linked through JAVA programming. The program serves well over the network. We have used it for two years with no problems. There is also a quiz feature for simple identification by clicking on the ?, in the label identification mode, or by choosing from a menu of structures in the field represented by a ?, in the label quiz mode. The help files in this program are pretty thorough. We do have a collection of virtual slides that we obtained from the University of Iowa. We make these available to our medical students using a viewer that we purchased from Microbrightfield, Inc. At the moment, until we get that site protected by a password it cannot be shared at large.

* WebMic is a result of a collaboration between Dr. Ogilvie at MUSC, Dr. Groscurth (Head of Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland), and Dr. Rohr (Head of a multimedia foundation, Univeristy of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Click on the link below to visit a still active website of our Symposium on Virtual Microscopy

Symposium: Virtual Slides in Teaching Research and Diagnosis

This symposium, held November 2002 was the first symposium to be held on this topic. The link above is still active. You can peruse the symposium website. There are links to the talks that were presented. Also there are links to some companies that are making virtual slide scanners and viewers.