PathXL – Digital Pathology Tool of Choice in East Pennine Cytology Training Centre

April 19, 2010

In order to introduce Cytopathologists to Virtual Microscopy, the EPCTC have adopted i-Path’s PathXL OLT (On-Line Testing) as an e-learning environment in which to build online assessments and structured learning.

The principal role of the East Pennine Cytology Training Centre (EPCTC) is to ensure the development of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme workforce, through the promotion of a range of high quality training initiatives and courses.

Mr Nick Dudding, Assistant Director at the EPCTC says “We have been thinking about introducing an on line training package that would use individuals to view JPEG images and answer a series of questions followed by structured feedback.  However we are now working with i-Path to see if we can use their teaching and assessment tool, which allows the use of virtual slides, whole slides digital images rather than standard still images.

Mr Dudding believes that PathXL OLT could be an ideal tool for cytology training centres, particularly looking at cytology services in Asia and the Middle East, where he sees a lack of suitable teaching resources and where the ability to images and teaching resources with students and colleagues across continents, via i-Path’s web-enabled technology, would be of real value.

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