Histopathology has for many years relied upon the use of preserved specimens ("pots") showing typical pathological changes to train and teach pathology. These pots are held in a few specialist museums across the UK and form a remarkable archive of disease; some collections hold hundreds of specimens dating back over three centuries. Many show pathological changes of a severity rarely seen in clinical practice today as current therapies often slow disease progression and diagnostic techniques allow diseases to be detected earlier.
The e-Path project team has joined forces with Professor Sebastian Lucas at King's College London and Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust to create an online virtual collection using the specimens held at the Gordon Museum in London. These digital versions will be available online and to download as "Potcasts" and will form one of a range of e-learning resources that are used to teach the pathologists of the future.
For more information, please go to www.e-pathpots.org.uk.