Innovation award for Leeds medical collaboration

The Leeds Virtual Microscope (LVM) has been recognised as a pioneering technology which delivers real benefits to patients and makes NHS services more efficient.

Using the Leeds Virtual Microscope


The LVM has won a Yorkshire & Humber NHS Innovation Award from Medipex, the organisation which helps nurture the development and commercialisation within the region's NHS, and Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, a regional partnership between patients, health services, industry and academia.

The LVM is the result of an ongoing 8-year collaboration between the University and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  It enables clinicians to view digital pathology slides of tissue more easily on a computer screen, rather than through a microscope.  The digital system enables advanced image analysis and faster access to second opinions.  It can also magnify images up to a multiple-screen 'power wall' for use in teaching, training and research.  The LVM has been in regular use within St James' Hospital for over four years and has been used to redefine National Screening Programme Guidelines for certain cancers.

Watch the video introduction to the LVM:

The team that has worked on the LVM comprises Darren Treanor and Phil Quirke (School of Medicine), Rebecca Randell (School of Healthcare), and Rhys Thomas, John Hodrien, and Roy Ruddle (School of Computing).

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