Archive for December, 2008

December Case of the Month – 47 y/o male with shoulder mass

| December 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

This will likely mark the last post for 2008 for a brief hiatus over the holidays. I would like to thank all my colleagues and readers for your continued support. I would also like to thank Aperio who have generously sponsored and supported this endeavor to support educational initiatives in digital pathology and pathology informatics […]

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Innovation at University of Michigan and Around the State

| December 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

"The University of Michigan established the Medical Innovation Center to encourage new ideas in the state. The Center was formed to help clinicians overcome a number of barriers, help others navigate the complexities of commercialization, improve public health, develop an effective education curriculum, and provide introductions to collaborators, funding sources, and industry partners. Once the […]

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Telemedicine Saves Time and Money

| December 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Little cost benefit ratio exists for telepathology as much as it does for other telemedicine specialities.  What data does exist suggests a very high return with using telepathology whether it is for primary diagnosis or secondary consultation. Several models include decreased time spent traveling to remote sites, expanding reach of subspecialty services and risk management […]

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What are you really eating in fast food hamburgers?

| December 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Dr. Richard Prayson from the Cleveland Clinic along with a family member and a colleague from anatomic pathology recently asked and answered this question.  Their results are in a recent publication in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. It turns out in their study of eight different brands of hamburgers looked at are actually comprised of […]

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Telemedicine Improves Outcomes

| December 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

Another success for telemedicine from Federal Telemedicine News Stroke patients have a better chance of surviving and living independently when they receive specialized stroke care in community hospitals using telecommunications to communicate with major stroke centers. This has been reported in a study appearing in “Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association”. Most community hospitals […]

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Recent paper on automated whole slide imaging

| December 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

Authors: Amin, Waqas; Srintrapun, S Joseph; Parwani, Anil V Source: Expert Opinion on Medical Diagnostics, Volume 2, Number 10, October 2008 , pp. 1173-1181. Publisher: Informa Healthcare Abstract: Background: Automated high-speed, high-resolution whole slide image (WSI) technology is being rapidly adopted in pathology owing to increased speed of computing, rapid networking, and high image quality and potential to […]

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Patience Lost – Lines from a Hospital Trench

| December 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Dr. Lucien E. Nochomovitz, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System (Manhasset campus) has an interesting monolgoue about his experiences in academic surgical pathology at www.yourbiopsyandmore.com.  He offers "a short trip through a somewhat arcane yet crucial piece of medical landscape onto which the tide of baby boomers is […]

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Early Registration Discount for Pathology Visions 2009

| December 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

Pathology Visions brings together members of the healthcare and scientific community to discuss real-world, practical applications and learn about the latest advances in digital pathology for research, clinical, education, IT, and veterinary pathology applications. Next year's meeting will take place September 13-15, 2009 at the Marriott Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. Registration is […]

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“Dogmatic and unyielding at scanning magnification” & “reasonable and accommodating at high power”

| December 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

Over the weekend I passed along the death of Dr. Ackerman. There is a more compete obituary today. This line from the obit sums up Dr. Ackerman: "Asked to describe himself in an interview with a medical journal, Dr. Ackerman used the terminology of the microscope. He said he was “dogmatic and unyielding at scanning […]

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epathologies.com

| December 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

  This is an interesting website run by Dr. Gerard Abadjian, Associate Professor of Pathology at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon.  Several parts of the site are bilingual or limited only to French. One of the links provides an MP3 file about the site with an orientation to the major parts of the site. […]

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Comparison of virtual and glass microscopy in dermatopathology testing

| December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

I recently came across this abstract presented in October at the American Society of Dermatopathology meeting in San Francisco.  There was an accompanying news item on the story in a nursing news journal online of all places on the presentation and subsequent discussion as well. Little is published on the use of virtual microscopy as […]

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Aperio Receives Second Patent for Use of TDI Arrays in Microscope Slide Scanners

| December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

Today Aperio announced receiving their second patent in the last 60 days that covers use of time delay integration (TDI) arrays for whole slide imaging.  The patent includes specific claims for the use of TDI arrays in slide scanning systems, including the use of multiple TDI arrays in conjunction with a prism to split an […]

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AFIP Director’s Message: The Joint Pathology Center A New Beginning

| December 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

Several colleagues have in recent months asked me what the status of AFIP is following the BRAC commission announcement to close the institution in May of 2005.  As I wrote about this September (see AFIP looking ahead) and in July ( see AFIP Not To Be Dismantled Until Replacement) news was that the AFIP would […]

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Top 10 Pathology Articles of 2008

| December 7, 2008 | 0 Comments

Medscape recently released their Top 10 pathology articles of 2008.  Those who are registered for the site can access the list and the full articles from the respectives articles and ranking on Medscape by number of views.  Not too many surprises other in terms of public health interest and issues pertinent to the practice of general […]

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