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2015-06-24 Tissue Array Automation
  
Attempts have been made to automate the process of tissue microarray construction. Various machines are now available (automated tissue arrayer) which may array single and multiple tissue microarray blocks in an even shorter period of time than that performed manually. 
 
Furthermore, digital techniques have taken center stage in clinical medicine as well as in biomedical research. Recently pathology has begun to embrace this digital revolution. The first development was a high throughput microscopic slide scanner that can convert traditional glass microscopic slides into digital images that can be stored, retrieved, shared through the internet and, most importantly, algorithmically analyzed. The other development was the creation of algorithms that can identify and quantitate immunohistochemical staining patterns and specific histological features, such as nuclear size and mitosis.

Such an algorithm can be applied to digital images of microarray. Digital pathology and imaging technology that can scan tissue microarrays into “virtual slides” with high resolution and that can analyze their images algorithmically will accelerate the discovery of new predictive biomarkers.


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Reference:

Tissue Microarray: A rapidly evolving diagnostic and research tool