Archive for November, 2008

Telemedicine Using Internet2

| November 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

Imagine a scenario where doctors from different hospitals can collaborate on a surgery without having to actually be in the operating room. What if doctors in remote locations could receive immediate expert support from top specialists in hospitals around the world? This environment could soon become a reality thanks to research by a multi-university partnership […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

| November 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

Posts to resume December 1.

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Processing Speech and Voice

| November 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

In everyday life, we automatically and effortlessly decode speech into language independently of who speaks. Similarly, we recognize a speaker's voice independently of what he says. Formisano et al from a recent Science paper show that it is possible to decode the contents of speech and the identity of the speaker from measurements of the […]

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Virtual 3D Microscopy Using Multiplane Whole Slide Images in Diagnostic Pathology

| November 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

From American Journal of Clinical Pathology To reproduce focusing in virtual microscopy, it is necessary to construct 3-dimensional (3D) virtual slides composed of whole slide images with different focuses. As focusing is frequently used for the assessment of Helicobacter pylori colonization in diagnostic pathology, we prepared virtual 3D slides with up to 9 focus planes […]

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Caltech Researchers Use Electron Cryotomography to Get First 3-D Glimpse of Bacterial Cell-Wall Architecture

| November 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

The bacterial cell wall that is the target of potent antibiotics such as penicillin is actually made up of a thin single layer of carbohydrate chains, linked together by peptides, which wrap around the bacterium like a belt around a person, according to research conducted by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). These […]

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Blogging and pathology articles about blogs

| November 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Since starting this blog over a year ago I have relied upon "word of blog" from other physician bloggers (see: New Digital Pathology Blog by Keith Kaplan & The Bits and Bytes of Pathology), other digital pathology blogs (see: Medicine 2.0 at the digital pathology blog), online Medicine 2.0 conferences, blogs about blogs and talks at conferences […]

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Researchers aim to learn how patients react to information culled from genome scans

| November 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

In the Los Angeles Times (11/12) Booster Shots Blog, Rosie Mestel asked what individuals should do with the info they receive after spending "a thou' or two" to learn about their "genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease, colon cancer, heart disease, [and] more." Zeroing in on that question, researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute are […]

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Mark your Calendar – APIII 2009 – September 20-24, Pittsburgh, PA

| November 19, 2008 | 0 Comments Mark Your Calendar /  Plan to Attend APIII 2009 Sunday, September 20 –  Thursday, September 24, 2009 Marriott City Center Hotel, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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API Scholarships for Medical Technology Students Announced

| November 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

The American Proficiency Institute (API) recently announced a new $10,000 scholarship program for medical technology students.   In introducing the program, Dan Edson, API President, explained, "We are looking for future, visionary leaders of the profession. Because of the nationwide shortage of medical technologists, we hope these scholarships will promote the field for future laboratorians."  Junior- […]

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Aperio Receives Second FDA Clearance for Diagnosis of Digital Breast Cancer Slides

| November 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

Aperio has recently received FDA clearance for interpretation of progesterone receptor to its already approved HER2 clearance for digital reads as well as image analysis applications for ER and PR. Excellent news for signing out breast cancers with whole slide images on a computer monitor.  The recent press release states: "Aperio has received its second […]

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Nikon Instruments Partners With ChromoDynamics To Bring Hyperspectral Imaging to Widefield Microscopy

| November 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

There is no doubt that hyperspectral imaging technologies will play a role in diagnostic surgical pathology for the reasons I already discussed and recently blogged about (see: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2009).  Nikon has recently entered the market with this recent press release:   "Nikon Instruments, Inc. ( and ChromoDynamics, Inc. ( […]

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Pathology Informatics Fellowship Programs

| November 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

Training Opportunities in Pathology Informatics A number of residents from my own institution as well as others have inquired about formal training opportunities in pathology informatics.  According to the directory on the Association for Pathology Infomatics website there are 5 recognized formal fellowship training programs listed (Henry Ford Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, U of Michigan […]

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Google Flu Trends uses web search to track real flu

| November 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

From (headed by 2006 TED Prize winner Larry Brilliant) comes this neat data display: Google Flu Trends. The project came about after some Google search engineers wondered if, in communities where more people searched on the term "flu," there might actually be more flu. After talking with the Predict and Prevent group at, […]

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BioImagene Appoints Former GE Healthcare Executive as Global Customer Care Executive for Digital Pathology Customers

| November 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

Frequent readers of this blog appreciate that companies I mention appear in boluses as press releases from those companies "hit the wires".  Recently this company has been BioImagene who recently announced the appointment of Rajeev Agarwal as Vice President, Global Customer Care. The press release mentions "Rajeev will spearhead efforts to develop a world class infrastructure to provide […]

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