We talk about using SkyLights in cytology, pathology, and the like all the time, and have heard from lots of doctors, researchers, and technicians who use a SkyLight in the lab. And nowwwwwww: we can present official research stating that images taken with a SkyLight and a smartphone (in this case an iPhone 4s) are of comparable diagnostic quality as images taken with a microscope-mounted digital camera!
Said very-important-research was published last month in the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology and will be presented by Jana Wimmer, MD, at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Pathologists in January. I will quote the introduction and conclusion for you here, and those of you interested in all the (important and interesting) parts in-between, please read away! Coolest! And (as the title implies) important! Because as you all know, science is science. And this science says that the difference of images taken with SkyLight & smartphone versus those taken with the mounted digital camera is not statistically significant and worth their weight especially in a low-resource setting. SkyLight for the win! (At least the win of equality!)
We compared the images from a SkyLight smartphone-microscope camera adapter, a relatively inexpensive eyepiece-mounted apparatus that enables digital photographs to be taken of a microscopic image using a smartphone camera, to an Olympus DP70 digital microscope-mounted camera.
A digital photograph of a microscopic image is a practical means of obtaining a quick consult for cytology cases. Although the Olympus DP70 camera produced slightly better results when in direct comparison with the SkyLight adapter with a smartphone camera, the difference was not statistically significant. Both methods were limited in their diagnostic accuracy based on a single static image. However, in a low-resource setting, the SkyLight smartphone-microscope camera adapter with smartphone camera can provide comparable results at a more economical cost.
And last but not least, happy (almost) New Year!