Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
Researching medical information is getting faster and more efficient. The virtual microscope promises to speed up everything from research to diagnosis.
For centuries, pathologists have looked through microscopes to study various tissues and diseases. It's been tedious work for researchers like Dr. Scott Jewell of Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital.
So after spending more than 400 years in labs, peering through those tiny lenses into a microscopic world, scientists can now see the bigger picture virtually whenever and wherever they want.
Right now the virtual microscope is used mainly in research and in teaching medical students. As the scanner becomes even more advanced, it's expected to become a primary tool in diagnosing disease.