Frequently Asked Questions

Is this website for free?


How does Pathobin benefit me?

Pathobin is a fast, reliable image hosting website where you can share your pathology photographs, macro and micro report templates and view those uploaded from around the world. You can also share to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Where do I start?

If you want to upload cases you’ll need to register by simply providing an email address and making a password.

Can I search?

Yes, you can quick search or advanced search for a diagnosis or ‘clue’ word. For example to search for all images taken with an iPhone; just enter ‘iphone’.

We want to build an interactive community so add a comment and score images. You can also take part in dynamic Question and Answer forums in the ‘Community’ area.

How do I keep track of my cases?

Designed specifically for the registrars and residents but useful for all, you can generate a case logbook and keep a visual record of your reporting. Just login, click your user name and select ‘Export my cases’; your browser will download a .xls file of your cases for your records.

Are there any limits on how large and how many images I can upload?

On Pathobin you can upload as many images as you want. We have a temporary size limit for an individual image of 100mb. This limit will lifted very soon when we unleash more servers.

What image formats are supported?

Pathobin currently accepts JPEG and some other simple image formats. We will be adding support for WSI formats (e.g. .svs) soon.

Is my data safe on Pathobin?

YES! Your password is encrypted and must be reset via your email account if lost. Any case ID numbers you provide are also only visible from your login. The Pathobin user agreement prohibits the use of any identifiable clinical/patient details. Your uploaded images and data are stored on reliable and secure Amazon servers.

However, you should be aware that Pathobin is not a backup service, and although your data is very safe in our hands, we cannot legally take responsibility in the event of loss, however unlikely it is. Always keep a copy of your image on your computer.

My pathology photographs all look terrible, can I still upload them?

Yes! Pathobin has not been made to showcase beautiful images, but to give everybody an opportunity to contribute to a vast and evergrowing effort of centralisation and indexing of important pathology data. That vignetted iPhone snap of an acute appendicitis belongs here. We can help improve the quality of your snaps with friendly advice and community tips. Don't be shy and post it!

Can I upload multiple images at once?

Yes! There are two upload options; uploading an individual case ‘Upload’ (which can have multiple images), or uploading a single image from multiple cases ‘Bulk upload’. With individual case upload you can share gross specimen photos, match cytology images to the histology and immunostains to the H&E.

With bulk upload you can take a snap of each case from a days work and share them all at once in individual diagnostic categories.

Why was Pathobin created?

Pathobin’s vision is to improve patient diagnosis through digital pathology.

We want to end the waste of incredible pathology material to the sea of chaos that the Internet can be. Before you upload that interesting case to Twitter, upload it to Pathobin and then click the share to Twitter button; that way users for years to come will be able to search and find the case by diagnosis.

For too long have fantastic pathology photographs been uploaded to Internet forums, often with little or no data, or to general-purpose image-hosting websites, invariably with no data attached. Such an image would be seen by some people, then quickly forgotten, and reduced to nothing more than a bunch of pixels in the giant wasteland of the Internet. Don’t let this happen.

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What are the plans for the future?

This is release two for Pathobin and we have clearly defined goals for the future; many exciting and innovative features including objective image analysis and meeting presentation tools are in development. Stay tuned.