(19)
(11)EP 3 090 040 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
27.11.2019 Bulletin 2019/48

(21)Application number: 14830705.1

(22)Date of filing:  18.12.2014
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C12M 1/34  (2006.01)
C12Q 1/06  (2006.01)
C12Q 1/24  (2006.01)
G06K 9/00  (2006.01)
C12M 1/36  (2006.01)
C12M 1/32  (2006.01)
G01N 1/31  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2014/067059
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/101886 (09.07.2015 Gazette  2015/27)

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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION RELATING TO SAMPLES OF MICROBIOLOGICAL MATERIAL

VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR BEHANDLUNG VON DIAGNOSTISCHEN INFORMATIONEN ZU MIKROBIOLOGISCHEN MATERIALPROBEN

APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ DE TRAITEMENT D'INFORMATIONS DIAGNOSTIQUES ASSOCIÉES À DES ÉCHANTILLONS DE MATÉRIEL MICROBIOLOGIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 03.01.2014 IT MI20140004

(43)Date of publication of application:
09.11.2016 Bulletin 2016/45

(73)Proprietor: Copan Italia S.P.A.
25125 Brescia (IT)

(72)Inventor:
  • TRIVA, Daniele
    deceased (IT)

(74)Representative: Galassi, Alessandro 
PGA S.p.A. Milano Succursale di Lugano Via Castagnola 21C
6900 Lugano
6900 Lugano (CH)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2013/004239
US-A1- 2009 325 280
US-A1- 2012 231 517
US-B1- 6 271 022
US-A1- 2009 137 030
US-A1- 2010 208 960
US-A1- 2013 165 745
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material. The invention in particular is applicable as a support for carrying out diagnoses in the health, clinical and environmental fields, in all cases in which samples of microbiological materials are to be analysed, and in particular bacteriological material.

    [0002] As is known, in bacteriological laboratories testing is carried out which, in combination with other evidence obtained from further tests which can be carried out in other laboratories too, combine to convince a doctor of the presence of any infective agent afflicting a patient or which is in a different examination site such as a surface of an environment to be analysed; the final aim of the diagnosis is to lead to prescription, where required, of an adequate therapy, especially of an antibiotic nature, with the aim of neutralizing the pathogen agent identified by means of the analyses carried out. The microbiologist and the laboratory team, in practice, starting from one or more samples collected from a same examination site, carry out a series of tests, in general following the laboratory guidelines, which often originate from guidelines set down by the Health Ministry or the corporations defining the norms and standards of Good Laboratory Practice.

    [0003] It is also known that a microbiologist's work method requires an "investigative" approach, characterised by a non-linear process during the course of which outcomes of a series of examinations are obtained in times that can be variable from test to test, the outcomes providing various evidence; and all the preceding is done in a diachronic timescale: for one or more samples collected from a same investigative site various methods made the results available over a timescale that can go from a few minutes to a few days. In particular bacterial cultures can be long in incubation before enabling conclusions to be drawn in relation to the presence or not of bacterial strains in the collected sample. The microbiologist therefore has an iterative approach, as it is often necessary to "re-read" the elements already evaluated previously in the light of new elements to be considered, and vice versa. At present the main method used in bacteriology is the bacterial culture, carried out on media that enable growth, contained in Petri dishes or capsules, following a period of incubation, of bacteria which might afflict a patient and which are present in a biological sample originating from the patient him or herself, such as for example urine, swabs (carried out in one or more anatomical sites), faeces, CSF liquid, respiratory material, etc. The sample can come from a patient, an animal, or a surface, in cases of applications respectively in the veterinary sector or the environmental sector.

    [0004] As well as bacterial culture, other methods are known and used in the bacteriological sector, one of the most important of which is Gram-staining, generally carried out on suitable slides, which together with the microscope viewing also provides further evidence on the nature of the pathogen. Other tests used are biochemical in nature and provide further information on the type of pathogen and its belonging to determined classes or families of micro-organisms. In recent years sometimes molecular biology methods are also used, based on DNA and RNA analyses, with the aim of identifying with certainty the presence of a given pathogen, though the cost and specificity of these methods mean that they are used in support of the ones previously described, which are still the most widely-used, as they are less specific and less expensive and complex to perform. The above-described processes for microbiological analyses are therefore long, complex and difficult to manage, due to the heterogeneity of the tests to be conducted, the iterativity required in the analysis of the single results, and the absence of automated systems for carrying out the laboratory testing and the analysis of the results, which complicate the process of obtaining the correct diagnosis, starting from the interpretation of the single examinations carried out. Further drawbacks of the known methods are the inefficiency and the lack of unity of the overall process, and the risk of errors in passing information, also due to the lack of a correct consideration of all the information which must contribute to the correct determination of the diagnosis, which are not all contemporaneously accessible to a same subject. Further, the existing systems do not enable sufficient traceability of the whole process carried out and the historical aspect relating to the analyses performed, the devices used and the subjects involved, thus missing a source of information that might be very important in some specific contexts.

    [0005] The culture dishes themselves are a perishable entity since after some days of incubation the flora normally present in each sample tends to overgrow and "cover" the colonies of the pathogen agent for which identification is sought.

    [0006] The majority of the work processes performed in the bacteriological laboratory are usually done manually, and only some are done semi-automatically. Recently automatic culture plate-seeding systems have appeared on the market, which have introduced the concept of automation in bacteriology with a consequent standardization of the processes and a greater traceability with respect to manual operations. Digital recording systems of the images of the culture dishes before and after specific incubation periods have also been introduced, together with automated systems of movement of the dishes themselves by conveyor belt. Also known are LIS (Laboratory Information Systems), in which the essential information relating to each patient are collected, such as personal details, which are generally associated to the further data deriving from outcomes of analyses carried out or medical evidence. These systems too, however, enable only marginally obviating those drawbacks mentioned herein above, since these systems are able to transmit only strings of data and not actual information in real-life form, such as for example images.

    [0007] It is known from patent document US2012231517 a method of introducing exogenous molecules into cells including cell lines and primary cells are provided, in which additionally miniaturized electroporation-ready microwell arrays are provided which provide a miniaturized high-throughput functional genomics screening platform to carry out genome-size screens in a variety of cell types. It is further known from patent document US2010208960 a culture apparatus and a culture information management method, in which an imaging section generates data of a plurality of observing images and an image analyzing section performs an image analyzing process on such data obtained by imaging the incubation container at different times. It is further known from patent document WO2013004239 a system and a method for determining quality criteria in order to select the most viable embryos after in vitro fertilization. Patent document US2013165745 further discloses methods, compositions and kits for determining the developmental potential of one or more embryos or pluripotent cells and the presence of chromosomal abnormalities in one or more embryos or pluripotent cells.

    [0008] A main aim of the present invention is to obviate one or more of the problems encountered in the prior art.

    [0009] An aim of the present invention is to disclose an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which enable eliminating or at least significantly reducing risk of human error in identifying samples to be analysed, in carrying out analytical procedures and/or in determining results thereof.

    [0010] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which enable significantly increasing the reliability and the quality of the diagnostic process, and therefore also the safety of the patients.

    [0011] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which enable a more rapid, accurate and traced decision on the part of the laboratory doctor concerning the diagnosis.

    [0012] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which exhibit a high degree of reliability.

    [0013] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which are very flexible and adaptable to various operative requirements.

    [0014] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which enable simplification and acceleration of treatment and retrieving processes of the data relating the sample analysis.

    [0015] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which provide a high traceability of the historical data relating to the analyses carried out and the devices and subjects involved, so as to enable further studies and statistics to be made on the results themselves.

    [0016] A further aim of the present invention is to provide an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material which are simple to realise and which involve sufficiently low costs.

    [0017] These aims and others besides, which will emerge more fully during the course of the following description, are substantially attained by an apparatus and a method for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material, according to what is set down in the accompanying claims.

    [0018] A detailed description is now provided by way of non-limiting example of one or more preferred embodiments of the invention, in which:

    figure 1 is a schematic view of an apparatus for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material according to a first embodiment;

    figure 2 is a first example screen page display of a first user interface produced on a viewing device by an embodiment of the software program of the apparatus of figure 1;

    figure 3 is a second example screen page display of the first user interface of figure 2;

    figure 4 is a third example screen page display of the first user interface of figure 2.



    [0019] There now follows a description of an apparatus 1 for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material, as defined in claim 1.

    [0020] The apparatus 1 comprises at least a first processor 2 and a first viewing device 3, for example a display, operatively connected to the first processor 2.

    [0021] The apparatus can further comprise a second processor and other processors besides, operatively directly or indirectly connected to the first processor 2 such as to carry out additional functions or part of the functions performed by the first processor 2.

    [0022] The apparatus 1 further comprises at least a first software program operating on the first processor 2 and configured for defining at least a first user interface 4 on the first viewing device 3. The first software program can be memorized on a local memory 5, associated to the processor, or on an external memory or in a remote location. The first processor 2, the first viewing device 3, as well as the first user interface 4 can also be integrated in a single device, such as for example a tablet or smartphone. In the present text the term "memory" comprises any type of technological system for storing and making accessible data in a digital format, such as for example hard disks, flash memories, rams, roms and so on, locally or remotely available (for example using cloud technology). In the present description the term "software" is taken to comprise both an autonomous program stored and operating locally on the processor, and a web-based program comprising the remote software program accessible via a telematic web or the internet by means of a browser operating on the processor.

    [0023] The apparatus 1 preferably comprises a data entry device 6 usable by a user, such as a keyboard, touch-screen, mouse, bar code reader, or another device. The first user interface 4 provides data and image-viewing functions, and further enables entry of data by an operator or user.

    [0024] The software program can further comprise a data entry function relative to an examination site, an operator or a user by receiving an identifying datum coming from a reading device operatively connected to the apparatus 1 directly or indirectly, such as for example a bar code reader or another reading device suitable for the purpose. In the present text, the term "image" is taken to mean an image in digital format obtained by an appropriate high-defining photographic or television camera, possibly associated to an optical or electronic microscope, as well as by means of other known systems of image-acquisition, for example by scanning. The image acquisition can also be done by progressive reading and subsequent assembly of partial portions of the support, for example by progressive reading of lines (for example using a linear tv camera) or areas of the support. The first user interface 4 can comprise a plurality of interface screen pages 4a, 4b, 4c representable on the viewing device 3 alternatively and/or contextually. The screen pages are reciprocally connected to one another and can be reachable one following another, directly, thus by a direct link between two screen pages, or indirectly, i.e. via intermediate screen pages.

    [0025] The first software program is further configured at least to retrieve and visualize, in the first user interface 4, at least a first datum 7, or a first plurality of data 7, relative to a first examination site. In the present description, the term "examination site" is taken to mean a collecting site in a patient, for example a patient's orifice or another surface at which a biological sample is taken, or a different collecting site with respect to which an analysis is to be performed, and therefore for example also a surface to be analysed in a room or environment.

    [0026] In the present description, the expression "information relative to an examination site" are taken to mean data of various nature such as for example a patient's personal data, identifying data of a surface to be analysed, identifying data of an examination site, data relating to a bar code, results in the form of text or in numerical form relating to diagnostic examinations carried out, textual data supplied by doctors or laboratory experts, protocols used and the like. In the present description the term "information" does not comprise images.

    [0027] The first software is further configured such as to retrieve at least a first image 8a of a first support 8, of a first type, for a microbiological culture, which is a Petri dish provided with Agar medium for bacterial cultures, relative to a first microbiological sample originating from the first examination site and for enabling selective viewing at least of the first image 8a in the first user interface 4.

    [0028] The first software is further configured such as to retrieve at least a second image 9a of a second support 9 of a second and different type, for microbiological samples, which is a slide for Gram-staining of micro-organisms and/or a slide for morphological analysis of micro-organisms, relative to a second microbiological sample originating from the first examination site and for enabling selective viewing at least of the second image 9a in the first user interface 4.

    [0029] The possibility of retrieving and viewing the images 8a of the first support 8 and the images 9a of the second support 9 in a single context enables the user or the specialized operator to carry out a combined analysis of the data relating to the first examination site and of the images relating to the first and/or the second support 9. The combined analysis can be carried out in particular by a simultaneous viewing of the data and images, or by a viewing thereof later on but quite close in terms of time, sufficiently to enable the operator or user to consider all the information that can be drawn from the data and images with the aim of formulating her or his diagnosis.

    [0030] In this way the operator can at any time reprocess the information already obtained previously in the light of the more recent information received, not being limited to the reading only of a report written on the basis of the previously-analysed images, but with the possibility of viewing the original images (in a digitized form) at the same time or in rapid succession, thus enabling a complete traceability of all the work previously carried out, a significant level of verification, and a reliability and quality in the definition of the diagnosis that is impossible with the traditional systems and approaches.

    [0031] The first software program is further configured such as to retrieve the first image 8a and/or the second image 9a from at least a first memory 5 operatively connected to the processor. Alternatively the first software program can be configured so as to retrieve the first image 8a and/or the second image 9a directly from at least a first and/or a second device 10, 11 for acquiring images connected to the processor, directly or indirectly.

    [0032] The first biological sample and the second biological sample can be different though coming from a same examination site, for example a site belonging to a patients, but preferably correspond to one another and originate from a same original sample taken. The first software program can further be configured for retrieving and viewing, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface 4, a first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d etc., of the first support 8 corresponding at least to a corresponding plurality of various time instants correlated to different incubation periods of the first microbiological sample on the first support 9 which is a Petri dish.

    [0033] The first software program can further be configured to retrieve and visualise, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface 4, a second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d etc., of the second support 9 corresponding to a corresponding plurality of different time instants or different levels of enlargement, thus at different levels of imaging zoom and images taken by immersion of the lens in oil, of the second sample arranged on the second support 9.

    [0034] The first software program can further be configured for enabling visualizing at least selectively and alternatively, in the first user interface 4, the first image 8a or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, and the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c. The first software program can be further configured for further enabling simultaneous viewing in the first user interface 4 of the first image 8a, or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, of the first support 8 and the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c, of the second support 9.

    [0035] The first software program can further be configured for enabling viewing, in the first user interface 4, of further metadata 12 associated to the first image 8a, or to the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, of the first support 8 and/or associated to the second image 9a, or to the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c, of the second support 9. The metadata 12 can comprise, for example, data and/or time of taking the photographic image, the incubation time interval of the support at the moment of taking the image, the place the image was taken at, mode of capture of the image, the device that took the image, etc.

    [0036] The first software program is further configured for enabling the user to enter and store further data, in particular diagnostic data, deriving from a combined use and evaluation of the first image 8a, or of the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, of the first support 8, and/or of the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c, of the second support 9.

    [0037] For example, the further data 13 can comprise data relating to the examined micro-organisms, such as the morphology thereof (whether they are coccus, diplococcus, bacillus, streptococcus or yeasts), the Gram-test (i.e. whether they are Gram-positive, Gram-negative or Gram-variable), the quantity or numerousness of the micro-organisms, and so on.

    [0038] The first software program is further configured so as to retrieve, process and visualise the data and relative images of the first and second supports relative to a plurality of patients, for example with the aim of enabling the operator to carry out a mass screening of the samples in order to identify the macroscopically positive cases, those in which growths or presence of pathogens are evidenced, to which to give priority in the successive laboratory processes. The first software program is configured so as to enable visualizing the first image 8a, or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c and the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c in a same interface screen page, or in interface screen pages 4a, 4b, 4c visualized alternatively and successively on the viewing device 3 and reciprocally mutually connected and reachable directly or indirectly.

    [0039] The apparatus 1 further comprises a connecting port 14 configured for, and destined to, enabling operating connection of the apparatus 1 with a laboratory information system 15 or a laboratory computer system and an exchange of data, monodirectional or preferably bidirectional, between the apparatus 1 and the laboratory information system 15. The information exchanged between the systems comprise at least the data relative to the first examination site and/or the images relative to samples of micro-biological material and/or diagnostic data determined by the user and entered in the first user interface 4. In other terms, the first software program can be provided with numerous functionalities able to increase the practicality of use and the effectiveness of the apparatus 1 as a support in the diagnostic process, such as for example:
    • user access with customised use configurations, protected by password and other security systems of various types;
    • possibility of connecting or integrated the apparatus 1 with external systems of both informative type, such as for example a laboratory information system 15 (or LIS), and an instrument system such as for example television cameras, videocameras and/or microscopes able to manually or automatically obtain the images of the supports, including by means of bar code reading systems or other identifying systems of the supports;
    • possibility of viewing, simultaneously or side-by-side, images of a same support made at different time instants;
    • possibility of viewing, simultaneously or side-by-side, images of different types of supports able to provide different information relating to a same microbiological or bacteriological sample;
    • function of larger-scale viewing of details of the images;
    • possibility of obtaining textual data, for example personal data, or data originating from instrumental examinations of other types, of patients from external systems, such as a laboratory information system 15 and the like;
    • possibility of viewing metadata 12 associated to the single images and/or entering further metadata 12 associable to the images;
    • possibility of entering diagnostic information via the user interface, correlated to the results determined by the users on the basis of the functions offered by the apparatus 1 via the user interface;
    • possibility of storing the diagnostic information on memories in the apparatus 1 or external thereof;
    • possibility of sending to external systems, i.e. laboratory information systems and the like, images obtained and/or diagnostic information entered via the user interface on the basis of the analysis of the images;
    • possibility of retrieving data and images from various information systems and grouping them together according to optimal modalities desired by the users;
    • possibility for the operator to add comments, symbols and graphic signs on the images, including the ability of the system to memorise the exact position of the signs (for example in the form of Cartesian coordinates or polar coordinates or other types), for example with the aim of signalling (and keep trace of) the indication on which the bioactive agents (for example isolated bacterial colonies grown on a culture dish) on which to perform further tests are located;
    • presence of connecting elements 16, for example video buttons, for recalling the images relating to various types of support and/or different temporal instants and/or different modalities for acquiring the images;
    • presence of menus 17 of various types which enable provision of further functionalities for navigating among the different screen pages and/or for activating various functionalities of the software programs, for example for returning to a "home" page, for visualising the images, for receiving or sending data or images to the LIS or to another external device, for generating reports, for modifying imports, and so on.


    [0040] The invention further relates to a process for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material, as defined in claim 13.

    [0041] The method can further comprise steps of retrieving and visualising, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface 4, a first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c of the first support 8 corresponding at least to a corresponding plurality of different time instants correlated to different incubation periods of the first microbiological sample on the first type of support which is a Petri dish. The method can further comprise steps of retrieving and visualizing, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface 4, a second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c of the second support 9 corresponding to a corresponding plurality of different time instants or different levels of enlargement or to a different mode of image-detecting of the second sample arranged on the second support 9.

    [0042] The method can further comprise steps of visualizing at least selectively and alternatingly, in the user interface, the first image 8a or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, and the second image 9a or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c. The process can further comprise steps of simultaneously visualizing, in the user interface, the first image 8a, or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c, of the first support 8 and the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c, of the second support 9.

    [0043] The first image 8a and/or the second image 9a can be retrieved for example from at least a first memory and/or directly from at least a device 10, 11 for acquiring images.

    [0044] The method can further comprise steps of displaying the first image 8a, or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c and the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c in a same interface screen page, or in interface screen pages 4a, 4b, 4c viewed alternatively or successively on the viewing device 3 and reciprocally mutually connected to one another and reachable directly or indirectly. The method can comprise steps of further visualizing, in the user interface, further metadata 12 associated to the first image 8a, or to the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c of the first support 8 and/or associated to the second image 9a, or to the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c of the second support 9.

    [0045] The method can further comprise steps of inserting and memorising further diagnostic data 13 deriving from a combined analysis of the first image 8a, or the first plurality of images 8a, 8b, 8c of the first support 8 and/or the second image 9a, or the second plurality of images 9a, 9b, 9c of the second support 9.

    [0046] The method can further comprise steps of retrieving, from a laboratory information system 15, processing and visualizing the data and/or the relative images of the first and second supports relatively to a plurality of patients.

    [0047] The method can further comprise the steps of exchanging information, comprising at least data relative to the first examination site and/or the images, relative to samples of microbiological material, and/or diagnostic data deriving from the combined fruition and evaluation of the images, between an apparatus 1 for treatment of diagnostic information relative sample of microbiological material and a laboratory information system 15.

    [0048] The present invention enables obtaining one or more of the following advantages. Primarily, the invention enables obviating the problems encountered in the prior art.

    [0049] The invention further enables a rapid, accurate and traced decision on the part of the bacteriologist and the laboratory doctor regarding the diagnosis, based not only on other evidence (relative to bacterial growths on culture dish) by indeed having access to the digitized original images of the dishes and supports.

    [0050] The invention further enables a simplification and acceleration of the treatment methods and a retrieval of the information relative to the analyses of the samples. The invention further enables eliminating or at least significantly reducing the risk of human error in identifying the samples to be analysed, in carrying out the analytic procedures and/or in determining the results thereof.

    [0051] The invention further offers a high degree of reliability and repeatability of the results, and makes available an apparatus and a method which are extremely flexible and adaptable to various operational needs and various types of analysis. The invention further enables simplification of the treatment processes of the information relating to the analyses of the analysed samples.

    [0052] The invention further enables simplifying the treatment processes of the information relative to the analyses of the analysed samples.

    [0053] The invention further enables complete traceability of the historical information relative to the analyses carried out and the devices and subjects involved, and further enables summings-up, studies and statistics on the results themselves. The invention further enables significantly increasing the reliability and quality of the diagnostic process, the safety of the analytical processes of the samples, and therefore also the safety of the patients.

    [0054] Lastly, the invention is simple and convenient to actuate.


    Claims

    1. An apparatus for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material, in which the apparatus (1) comprises at least:

    a first processor (2);

    a first viewing device (3) operatively connected to the first processor (2);

    a first software program operating on the first processor (2) and configured for defining at least a first user interface (4) on the first viewing device (3) and for retrieving and visualising, in the first user interface (4), at least a first datum (7), or a first plurality of data (7), relative to a same first examination site;

    characterised in that the first software program is further configured for retrieving at least a first image (8a) of a first support (8), of a first type, for microbiological culture, which is a Petri dish with a terrain for bacterial culture, relative to a first microbiological sample coming from the first examination site and for enabling selective viewing of at least the first image (8a) in the first user interface (4), the first software program further being configured for retrieving at least a second image (9a) of a second support (9) of a second and different type, for microbiological samples, which is a slide for Gram staining of microorganisms, and/or a slide for morphological analysis of microorganisms, relative to a second microbiological sample coming from the first examination site and for enabling selective viewing at least of the second image (9a) in the first user interface (4), in order to enable the user, by means of the first user interface (4), to make a combined use and evaluation, by means of a simultaneous and contextual or subsequent viewing, of the data relating to the first examination site and of the images relating to the first and the second support (9) correlated to the first examination site.


     
    2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the first software program is configured for retrieving the first image (8a) and/or the second image (9a) from at least a first memory (5) operatively connected to the processor.
     
    3. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is configured for retrieving the first image (8a) and/or the second image (9a) directly from at least a first device (10, 11) for acquiring images operatively connected to the processor.
     
    4. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first biological sample and the second biological sample are corresponding to one another and deriving from a same original sample collected from the first examination site.
     
    5. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is configured for retrieving and visualizing, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface (4), a first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c) of the first support (8) corresponding to at least a corresponding plurality of different time instants correlated to different incubation periods of the first microbiological sample on the Petri dish.
     
    6. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is configured for retrieving and visualizing, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface (4) a second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c) of the second support (9) corresponding to a corresponding plurality of different time instants or different levels of enlargement or different modes of image detecting of the second sample arranged on the second support (9).
     
    7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the first software program is configured for enabling visualizing at least selectively and alternatively, in the first user interface (4), the first image (8a) or the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), and the second image (9a), or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c).
     
    8. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is configured for further enabling simultaneous viewing in the first user interface (4) of the first image (8a), or the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), of the first support (8) and the second image (9a), or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c), of the second support (9).
     
    9. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first user interface (4) comprises a plurality of interface screen pages (4a, 4b, 4c) representable alternatively on the viewing device (3) and reciprocally mutually connected and reachable, directly or indirectly, and wherein the first software is configured for enabling visualizing the first image (8a), or the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), and the second image (9a), or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c), in a same interface screen page, or in interface screen pages (4a, 4b, 4c) visualized alternatingly and in succession on the viewing device (3), and reciprocally mutually connected and reachable, directly or indirectly.
     
    10. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is configured for further enabling viewing, in the first user interface (4), of further metadata (12) associated to the first image (8a), or to the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), of the first support (8) and/or associated to the second image (9a), or to the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c), of the second support (9).
     
    11. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the first software program is further configured for enabling the user to enter and store further data, in particular diagnostic data, deriving from a combined use and evaluation of the first image (8a), or of the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), of the first support (8), and/or of the second image (9a), or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c), of the second support (9).
     
    12. The apparatus of any one of the preceding claims, further comprising a connecting port (14) configured for, and destined to, enabling operating connection of the apparatus (1) with a laboratory information system (15) or a laboratory computer system and an exchange of data, comprising at least the data relating to the first examination site and/or the images relating to samples of microbiological material and/or diagnostic data determined by the user and entered in the first user interface (4), between the apparatus (1) and the laboratory information system (15).
     
    13. A process for treatment of diagnostic information relating to samples of microbiological material, comprising at least steps of:

    defining at least a first user interface (4) on a first viewing device (3);

    retrieving and visualising, in the first user interface (4), at least a first datum (7), or a first plurality of data (7), relative to a first examination site;

    characterised in that it further comprises steps of:

    retrieving at least a first image (8a) of a first support (8), of a first type, for microbiological culture, which is a Petri dish with terrain for bacterial cultures, relative to a first microbiological sample coming from the first examination site;

    visualising at least the first image (8a) in the first user interface (4);

    further retrieving at least a second image (9a) of a second support (9) of a second and different type, for microbiological samples, which is a slide for Gram staining of microorganisms and/or a slide for morphological analysis of microorganisms, relative to a second microbiological sample coming from the first examination site; and

    visualising at least the second image (9a) in the first user interface (4), in order to enable the user to make a combined use and evaluation, by means of simultaneous or subsequent viewing, of the data relating to the first examination site and of the images relating to the first and the second support (9) related to the first examination site.


     
    14. The process of claim 13, comprising steps of retrieving and visualising, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface (4), a first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c) of the first support (8) corresponding at least to a corresponding plurality of different time instants correlated to different incubation periods of the first microbiological sample on the first type of support or Petri dish and/or of retrieving and visualizing, selectively or contextually, in the first user interface (4), a second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c) of the second support (9) corresponding to a corresponding plurality of different time instants or different levels of enlargement or to a different mode of image detecting of the second sample arranged on the second support (9).
     
    15. The process of any one of claims 13 or 14, further comprising steps of visualizing at least selectively and alternatingly, in the user interface, the first image (8a) or the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), and the second image (9a) or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c); and/or the steps of simultaneously visualizing, in the user interface, the first image (8a), or the first plurality of images (8a, 8b, 8c), of the first support (8) and the second image (9a), or the second plurality of images (9a, 9b, 9c), of the second support (9).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Vorrichtung zur Behandlung diagnostischer Information in Bezug auf mikrobiologische Materialproben, wobei die Vorrichtung (1) wenigstens aufweist:

    einen ersten Prozessor (2),

    eine erste Betrachtungsvorrichtung (3), die mit dem ersten Prozessor (2) betriebsmäßig verbunden ist;

    ein erstes Softwareprogramm, das auf dem ersten Prozessor (2) arbeitet und konfiguriert ist, um wenigstens eine erste Benutzerschnittstelle (4) auf der ersten Betrachtungsvorrichtung (3) zu definieren und um, in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4), wenigstens erste Daten (7) oder eine erste Mehrzahl von Daten (7) relativ zu einer gleichen ersten Untersuchungsstelle abzufragen und zu visualisieren,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das erste Softwareprogramm ferner konfiguriert ist, um wenigstens ein erstes Bild (8a) eines ersten Trägers (8) eines ersten Typs zur mikrobiologischen Kultur, der eine Petrischale mit einem Bakterienkulturfeld ist, relativ zu einer ersten mikrobiologischen Probe, die von der ersten Untersuchungsstelle kommt, abzufragen, und um eine selektive Betrachtung wenigstens des ersten Bilds (8a) in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) zu erlauben, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm ferner konfiguriert ist, um wenigstens ein zweites Bild (9a) eines zweiten Trägers (9) eines zweiten und unterschiedlichen Typs für mikrobiologische Proben, der ein Objektträger zur Gram-Einfärbung von Mikroorganismen,

    und/oder ein Objektträger zur morphologischen Analyse von Mikroorganismen ist, relativ zu einer zweiten mikrobiologischen Probe, die von der ersten Untersuchungsstelle kommt, abzufragen, und um eine selektive Betrachtung wenigstens des zweiten Bilds (9a) in der Benutzerschnittstelle (4) zu erlauben, um es mittels der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) dem Benutzer zu erlauben, mittels gleichzeitiger und kontextmäßiger oder anschließender Betrachtung eine kombinierte Verwendung und Auswertung der Daten in Bezug auf die erste Untersuchungsstelle und der Bilder in Bezug auf den ersten und den zweiten Träger (9), die zu der ersten Untersuchungsstelle korreliert sind, durchzuführen.


     
    2. Die Vorrichtung von Anspruch 1, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um das erste Bild (8a) und/oder das zweite Bild (9a) von wenigstens einem ersten Speicher (5), der mit dem Prozessor betriebsmäßig verbunden ist, abzufragen.
     
    3. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um das erste Bild (8a) und/oder das zweite Bild (9a) direkt von einer mit dem Prozessor betriebsmäßig verbundenen ersten Vorrichtung (10, 11) zum Erfassen von Bildern abzufragen.
     
    4. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die erste biologische Probe und die zweite biologische Probe einander entsprechen und von einer gleichen ursprünglichen Probe, die von der ersten Untersuchungsstelle gesammelt wurde, stammen.
     
    5. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eine erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers (8) entsprechend wenigstens einer entsprechenden Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten, die zu unterschiedlichen Inkubationsperioden der ersten mikrobiologischen Probe auf der Petrischale korreliert sind, selektiv oder kontextmäßig abzufragen und zu visualisieren.
     
    6. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eine zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) entsprechend einer entsprechenden Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten oder unterschiedlichen Vergrößerungsgraden oder unterschiedlichen Bilddetektionsmodi der auf dem zweiten Träger (9) angeordneten zweiten Probe selektiv oder kontextmäßig abzufragen und zu visualisieren.
     
    7. Die Vorrichtung von Anspruch 6, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um zu erlauben, dass in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) das erste Bild (8a) oder die erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c), und das zweite Bild (9), oder die zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) wenigstens selektiv und abwechselnd visualisiert werden.
     
    8. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um ferner zu erlauben, dass in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) das erste Bild (8a) oder die erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers (8), und das zweite Bild (9a) oder die zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) gleichzeitig betrachtet werden.
     
    9. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die erste Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eine Mehrzahl von Schnittstellen-Bildschirmseiten (4a, 4b, 4c) aufweist, die auf der Betrachtungsvorrichtung (3) abwechselnd wiedergebbar sind, und wechselweise verbunden und direkt oder indirekt erreichbar sind, und wobei die erste Software konfiguriert ist, um direkt oder indirekt ein Visualisieren des ersten Bilds (8a) oder der ersten Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) und des zweiten Bilds (9a) oder der zweiten Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) in der gleichen Schnittstellen-Bildschirmseite oder in Schnittstellen-Bildschirmseiten (4a, 4b, 4c) zu erlauben, die abwechselnd und aufeinanderfolgend auf der Betrachtungsvorrichtung (3) visualisiert werden, und wechselweise verbunden und erreichbar sind.
     
    10. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm konfiguriert ist, um ferner zu erlauben, dass in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) weitere Metadaten (12) betrachtet werden, die dem ersten Bild (8a) oder der ersten Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers (8) zugeordnet sind und/oder dem zweiten Bild (9a) oder der Mehrzahl von zweiten Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) zugeordnet sind.
     
    11. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das erste Softwareprogramm ferner konfiguriert ist, um dem Benutzer zu erlauben, weitere Daten einzugeben und zu speichern, insbesondere diagnostische Daten, die von einer kombinierten Verwendung und Auswertung des ersten Bilds (8a) oder der ersten Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers (8) und/oder des zweiten Bilds (9a) oder der zweiten Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) stammen.
     
    12. Die Vorrichtung von einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, die ferner ein Anschlussport (14) aufweist, das konfiguriert und dazu bestimmt ist, den Betrieb einer Verbindung der Vorrichtung (1) mit einem Laborinformationssystem (15) oder einem Laborcomputersystem sowie einen Austausch von Daten, die wenigstens die Daten in Bezug auf die erste Untersuchungsstelle und/oder die Bilder in Bezug auf mikrobiologische Materialproben und/oder diagnostische Daten, die vom Benutzer bestimmt sind und in die erste Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eingegeben wurden, aufweisen, zwischen der Vorrichtung (1) und dem Laborinformationssystem (15) zu erlauben.
     
    13. Verfahren zur Behandlung diagnostischer Information in Bezug auf mikrobiologische Materialproben, das wenigstens die Schritte aufweist:

    Definieren von zumindest einer ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) auf einer ersten Betrachtungsvorrichtung (3),

    Abfragen und Visualisieren, in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle, wenigstens erster Daten (7) oder einer ersten Mehrzahl von Daten (7) relativ zu einer ersten Untersuchungsstelle;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es die weiteren Schritte aufweist:

    Abfragen wenigstens eines ersten Bilds (8a) eines ersten Trägers (8) eines ersten Typs für mikrobiologische Kultur, die eine Petrischale mit einem Bakterienkulturenfeld ist, relativ zu einer ersten mikrobiologischen Probe, die von der ersten Untersuchungsstelle kommt;

    Visualisieren wenigstens des ersten Bilds (8a) in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4);

    weiteres Abfragen wenigstens eines zweiten Bilds (9a) eines zweiten Trägers eines zweiten und unterschiedlichen Typs für mikrobiologische Materialproben, der ein Objektträger zur Gram-Einfärbung von Mikroorganismen und/oder ein Objektträger zur morphologischen Analyse von Mikroorganismen ist, relativ zu einer zweiten mikrobiologischen Probe, die von der ersten Untersuchungsstelle kommt; und

    Visualisieren wenigstens des zweiten Bilds (9a) in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4), um es dem Benutzer zu erlauben, mittels gleichzeitiger oder anschließender Betrachtung eine kombinierte Verwendung und Auswertung der Daten in Bezug auf die erste Untersuchungsstelle und der Bilder in Bezug auf den ersten und den zweiten Träger (9) in Bezug auf die erste Untersuchungsstelle durchzuführen.


     
    14. Das Verfahren von Anspruch 13, das die Schritte aufweist: in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eine erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers (8) entsprechend wenigstens einer entsprechenden Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten, die zu unterschiedlichen Inkubationsperioden der ersten mikrobiologischen Probe auf dem ersten Trägertyp oder der Petrischale korreliert sind, selektiv oder kontextmäßig abzufragen und zu visualisieren und/oder in der ersten Benutzerschnittstelle (4) eine zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) entsprechend einer entsprechenden Mehrzahl von unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten oder unterschiedlichen Vergrößerungsgraden oder unterschiedlichen Bilddetektionsmodi der auf dem zweiten Träger (9) angeordneten zweiten Probe selektiv oder kontextmäßig abzufragen und zu visualisieren.
     
    15. Das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 13 oder 14, das ferner die Schritte aufweist, in der Benutzerschnittstelle das erste Bild (8a) oder die erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) und das zweite Bild (9) oder die zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) wenigstens selektiv und abwechselnd zu visualisieren, und/oder die Schritte, in der Benutzerschnittstelle das erste Bild (8a) oder die erste Mehrzahl von Bildern (8a, 8b, 8c) des ersten Trägers und das zweite Bild (9a) oder die zweite Mehrzahl von Bildern (9a, 9b, 9c) des zweiten Trägers (9) gleichzeitig zu visualisieren.
     


    Revendications

    1. Appareil de traitement d'informations de diagnostic concernant des prélèvements de matériau microbiologique, l'appareil (1) comprenant au moins :

    un premier processeur (2) ;

    un premier dispositif de visualisation (3) fonctionnellement relié au premier processeur (2) ;

    un premier programme logiciel fonctionnant sur le premier processeur (2) et configuré pour définir au moins une première interface utilisateur (4) sur le premier dispositif de visualisation (3) et pour récupérer et visualiser, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), au moins une première donnée (7), ou une première pluralité de données (7), concernant un même premier site d'examen ;

    caractérisé en ce que le premier programme logiciel est en outre configuré pour récupérer au moins une première image (8a) d'un premier support (8), d'un premier type, pour la culture microbiologique, qui est une boîte de Pétri avec un terrain pour la culture bactérienne, concernant un premier prélèvement microbiologique provenant du premier site d'examen et pour permettre la visualisation sélective d'au moins la première image (8a) dans la première interface utilisateur (4), le premier programme logiciel étant en outre configuré pour récupérer au moins une seconde image (9a) d'un second support (9) d'un second et différent type, de prélèvements microbiologiques, qui est une lamelle pour coloration Gram de micro-organismes, et/ou une lamelle pour l'analyse morphologique de micro-organismes, concernant un second prélèvement microbiologique provenant du premier site d'examen et pour permettre la visualisation sélective d'au moins la seconde image (9a) dans la première interface utilisateur (4), afin de permettre à l'utilisateur, à l'aide de la première interface utilisateur (4), d'effectuer l'utilisation et l'évaluation combinées, à l'aide d'une visualisation simultanée et contextuelle ou ultérieure, des données concernant le premier site d'examen et des images concernant le premier et le second support (9) corrélées au premier site d'examen.


     
    2. Appareil selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour récupérer la première image (8a) et/ou la seconde image (9a) à partir d'au moins une première mémoire (5) fonctionnellement reliée au processeur.
     
    3. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour récupérer la première image (8a) et/ou la seconde image (9a) directement à partir d'au moins un premier dispositif (10, 11) pour acquérir des images fonctionnellement reliées au processeur.
     
    4. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier prélèvement biologique et le second prélèvement biologique correspondent l'un à l'autre et proviennent d'un même prélèvement d'origine recueilli à partir du premier site d'examen.
     
    5. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour récupérer et visualiser, sélectivement ou contextuellement, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), une première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c) du premier support (8) correspondant à au moins une pluralité correspondante de différents instants de temps corrélés à différentes périodes d'incubation du premier prélèvement microbiologique sur la boîte de Pétri.
     
    6. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour récupérer et visualiser, sélectivement ou contextuellement, dans la première interface utilisateur (4) une seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c) du second support (9) correspondant à une pluralité correspondante de différents instants de temps ou de différents niveaux d'agrandissement ou de différents modes d'image de détection du second prélèvement disposé sur le second support (9).
     
    7. Appareil selon la revendication 6, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour permettre la visualisation au moins sélectivement et alternativement, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), de la première image (8a) ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), et de la seconde image (9a), ou de la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c).
     
    8. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour permettre en outre la visualisation simultanée dans la première interface utilisateur (4) de la première image (8a), ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), du premier support (8) et la seconde image (9a), ou la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c), du second support (9).
     
    9. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la première interface utilisateur (4) comprend une pluralité de pages d'écran d'interface (4a, 4b, 4c) pouvant être représentées alternativement sur le dispositif de visualisation (3) et mutuellement réciproquement reliées et pouvant être atteintes, directement ou indirectement, et dans lequel le premier logiciel est configuré pour permettre la visualisation de la première image (8a), ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), et de la seconde image (9a), ou de la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c), dans une même page d'écran d'interface, ou dans des pages d'écran d'interface (4a, 4b, 4c) visualisées alternativement et en succession sur le dispositif de visualisation (3), et mutuellement réciproquement reliées et pouvant être atteintes, directement ou indirectement.
     
    10. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est configuré pour permettre en outre la visualisation, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), de métadonnées supplémentaires (12) associées à la première image (8a), ou à la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), du premier support (8) et/ou associées à la seconde image (9a), ou à la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c), du second support (9).
     
    11. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier programme logiciel est en outre configuré pour permettre à l'utilisateur de saisir et de stocker des données supplémentaires, en particulier des données de diagnostic, provenant d'une utilisation et d'une évaluation combinées de la première image (8a), ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), du premier support (8), et/ou de la seconde image (9a), ou de la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c), du second support (9).
     
    12. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre un port de connexion (14) configuré pour, et destiné à, établir la connexion de fonctionnement de l'appareil (1) avec un système d'informations de laboratoire (15) ou un système informatique de laboratoire et un échange de données, comprenant au moins les données concernant le premier site d'examen et/ou les images concernant les prélèvements de matériau microbiologique et/ou des données de diagnostic déterminées par l'utilisateur et saisies dans la première interface utilisateur (4), entre l'appareil (1) et le système d'informations de laboratoire (15).
     
    13. Procédé de traitement d'informations de diagnostic concernant des prélèvements de matériau microbiologique, comprenant au moins les étapes de :

    définition d'au moins une première interface utilisateur (4) sur un premier dispositif de visualisation (3) ;

    récupération et visualisation, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), d'au moins une première donnée (7), ou d'une première pluralité de données (7), concernant un premier site d'examen ;

    caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend en outre les étapes de :

    récupération d'au moins une première image (8a) d'un premier support (8), d'un premier type, pour la culture microbiologique, qui est une boîte de Pétri avec du terrain pour des cultures bactériennes, par rapport à un premier prélèvement microbiologique provenant du premier site d'examen ;

    visualisation d'au moins la première image (8a) dans la première interface utilisateur (4) ;

    récupération en outre d'au moins une seconde image (9a) d'un second support (9) d'un second et différent type, pour les prélèvements microbiologiques, qui est une lamelle pour coloration Gram de micro-organismes et/ou une lamelle pour l'analyse morphologique de micro-organismes, par rapport à un second prélèvement microbiologique provenant du premier site d'examen ; et

    visualisation d'au moins la seconde image (9a) dans la première interface utilisateur (4), afin de permettre à l'utilisateur d'effectuer une utilisation et une évaluation combinées, par visualisation simultanée ou ultérieure, des données concernant le premier site d'examen et des images concernant le premier et le second support (9) liées au premier site d'examen.


     
    14. Procédé selon la revendication 13, comprenant les étapes de récupération et de visualisation, sélectivement ou contextuellement, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), d'une première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c) du premier support (8) correspondant à au moins une pluralité correspondante de différents instants de temps corrélés à différentes périodes d'incubation du premier prélèvement microbiologique du premier type de support ou boîte de Pétri et/ou de récupération et de visualisation, sélectivement ou contextuellement, dans la première interface utilisateur (4), d'une seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c) du second support (9) correspondant à une pluralité correspondante de différents instants de temps ou de différents niveaux d'agrandissement ou d'un mode différent d'image de détection du second prélèvement disposé sur le second support (9).
     
    15. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 13 ou 14, comprenant en outre les étapes de visualisation au moins sélectivement et alternativement, dans l'interface utilisateur, de la première image (8a) ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), et de la seconde image (9a) ou de la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c) ; et/ou les étapes de visualisation simultanément, dans l'interface utilisateur, de la première image (8a), ou de la première pluralité d'images (8a, 8b, 8c), du premier support (8) et de la seconde image (9a), ou de la seconde pluralité d'images (9a, 9b, 9c), du second support (9).
     




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