Digital Microscopy

General Information

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) with the support of the Australian Government Department of Health Specialist Training Program (STP) has developed this Digital Microscopy Education and Training Manual (DMM). This manual is based on The RCPA Guidelines for Digital Microscopy in Anatomical Pathology and Cytology October 2015

DMM contains training modules covering:

  • Technical Specifications
  • Image Processing
  • Communication and Networks
  • Privacy, Confidentiality and Security
  • Quality and Compliance
  • Professional Practice Training and Competency

The RCPA recognises the rapid advances being made in the field of digital microscopy. The RCPA Part 1 Small Biopsy Exam in Anatomical Pathology is now digital microscopy based, and there are many educational programs and modules on the RCPA website utilising whole slide images (WSI).   
There is also a requirement within laboratories using this technology to ensure safe implementation for diagnostic and quality purposes.


The DMM has been prepared by the RCPA.

The DMM is intended to be used as a guide only and not as an authorative statement.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither the RCPA nor any of its directors, officers or employees shall be liable to users of the DMM or to any other person, firm, company of body for any loss of any kind whatsoever and however and whenever arising (whether direct, indirect or consequential and whether based in contract or in tort or on any negligent mis-statement or omission) suffered or incurred by to any such user, other person, company or body relying or acting upon or purporting to rely or act upon any matter contained in this DMM.
Links to a third-party website are provided for convenience only. The RCPA is not responsible for, and makes no representation concerning, the content, condition, accuracy, appropriateness or completeness of the information provided in any linked websites in the DMM. Users access the linked websites at their own risk.

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