Archive for September, 2008

Senate committee holds hearings on “Why Broadband Matters”

| September 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

Senators on the Commerce Committee recently promoted the benefits of high-speed internet access and called for the passage of measures designed to provide more public information about broadband, and more broadband connectivity. At a hearing on “Why Broadband Matters,” the committee heard testimony – remotely – from an Alaska telehealth facility, among others. Chairman Daniel […]

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MEDTING Atlas viewer

| September 29, 2008 | 3 Comments

I have posted about MDPIXX before.  The company has recently changed their name to MEDTING to better reflect their desire to host and share content for collaboration.  Their platform and tools allow users the opportunity to have several forms of media hosted and shared for public viewing or private consulation.  I had the opportunity recently […]

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Upcoming CAP Foundation Grants—October 1st Deadline

| September 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

The CAP Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization for pathologists and residents-in-training. The Foundation’s research, training, and leadership development grants and awards benefit promising pathology researchers, advance technology innovations, develop new pathology leaders, and provide humanitarian aid related to pathology. We urge you to invest in your future by taking advantage of the grant opportunities […]

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NIH head to step down

| September 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

The New York Times (9/25, A22, Harris) reports that Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., "director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who shook up the agency when he barred scientists from consulting for drugmakers, announced that he would leave at the end of October." That "ban was unpopular among many agency scientists, who said it […]

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BioImagene accelerates digital pathology

| September 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

BioImagene, the Silicon Valley based digital pathology solutions provider, introduced the next generation of the iScan(tm) Slide Scanner with version 2.0. The new iScan delivers high quality images at fasterspeeds and increases operational efficiency. The iScan is BioImagene’s premier desktop slide scanning system for easy digital pathology. It allows unattended batch scanning up to 160 […]

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Revving Up QA in Anatomic Pathology

| September 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

Digital pathology can streamline how lab directors view and implement compliance procedures There is a recent publication in Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory written by an Aperio senior marketing manager entitled "Revving up QA in Anatomic Pathology". There is no question that one of the greatest deliverables, suitable for small and large groups alike […]

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American Society of Cytopathology – Future of Cytopathology Forum

| September 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

In 2006 the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) appointed a "New Profession for Cytotechnologists Task Force" to address ASC members’ concerns regarding emerging trends that threaten to reduce Pap test volumes. The ASC hired The Forbes Group to assess market forces that would support a new cytology profession. The report opened up the discussion and […]

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Comment on Post from Past

| September 23, 2008 | 2 Comments

Much like whole slides themselves, blogs I am finding have some of the same characteristics for different reasons – they are persistent, consistent and efficient.  One can choose to get daily feeds or follow on a reader seamlessly.  Each blog and blogger has his or her own style that covers what is important to them […]

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AFIP looking ahead

| September 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

For those of us who trained and/or spent time at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) during our careers have wonderful memories of the experience and the wealth of material and expertise at "windowless buidling" on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Fortunately the institution survived the BRAC closing […]

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Digital Pathology in Preclinical Research Arena

| September 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

In the September 1 edition of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News there is a story by Steve Potts, Ph.D., who is the worldwide director of biopharma at Aperio Technologies . The article starts with: The vast majority of drug compounds fail in the preclinical stage, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies are continuously looking for preclinical […]

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Dr. House meets HAL

| September 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Through the Critical Section I came across a link to an article by a tech blogger by the name of Dana Blakenhorn who has been a business journalist since 1978 and has covered technology since 1982.  Here is a short take entitled "Dr. House meets HAL" and his view of the digital pathology market. Fans […]

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Google co-founder finds he has Parkinson’s disease gene through 23andMe test

| September 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

The New York Times (9/19, C2, Helft) reports that on Thursday, Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, announced, via his blog, "that he has a gene mutation that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair speech, movement, and other functions." Specifically, "he carries a mutation […]

Continue Reading – post #493

| September 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

This is my nearly 500th post since June 22 of last year.  As always, I welcome your comments, criticisms, suggestions and e-mails. With the growing popularity of the blog, I recently registered as another URL for readers and those interested in digital pathology. This will not affect any current RSS feeds or subscriptions to […]

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From virtual microscopy to virtual colonoscopy

| September 18, 2008 | 3 Comments

Virtual microscopy (whole slide imaging) at current resolutions is nearly if not as good as glass slide microscopy.  With current technologies it may be better for some purposes, given all the deliverables of a digital image (image processing, image analysis, rare event detection, spectroscopy, archiving, etc…). In our teaching conferences now using a digital camera […]

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