Archive for December, 2009

CAP Today Story on FDA and Whole Slide Imaging

| December 24, 2009

The digital edition of CAP Today is available for December.  There is an article starting on the first page that reviews thoughts from the FDA Panel meeting on whole slide imaging written by Karen Lusky who has written similar articles.  I think the article is well written and looks at several issues concerning the industry […]

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Your iPhone Just Called: Your Blood-Sugar Is High

| December 23, 2009

Check out Your iPhone Just Called: Your Blood-Sugar Is High in The Wall Street Journal. I wonder if proposed health care reforms will help or hinder these types of technologies available to manage health care data. "Polka, TheCarrot.com and Ringful are among a number of new services that allow consumers to input their medical information and track their […]

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Definiens on YouTube and Twitter

| December 23, 2009

Definiens has a channel on YouTube and a Twitter page. The YouTube page (Definiens Life TV) has some excellent videos including several

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Danaher Offers to Buy Genetix for $102M and Announces for NIH Director to Join Board of Directors

| December 22, 2009

This will likely be my last post for 2009 with holiday break upon us.  My sincere thanks to all my readers and followers for your comments, criticisms, thoughts and feedback. I remain open to your suggestions on ways to strengthen the dialogue and information sharing in the spirit of Pathology 2.0. Happy holidays and best […]

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Surgeons complete first case of pancreatic “autotransplantation” after traumatic injury

| December 16, 2009

The Washington Post (12/16, Brown) reported that Walter Reed surgeons, alongside a team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have successfully completed, by their accounts, "the first case of pancreatic 'autotransplantation' after a traumatic injury." The procedure, which "has been done only about 200 times," is "almost always" reserved for patients with […]

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Case of the Week @ PathXchange

| December 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

There is an interesting case of the week up at PathXchange (registration required to view) from Dr. Sumire Kitahara at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.   There are nice images of an unusual breast lesion, more commonly seen in males as I recall that has a broad differential diagnosis.  Thank you, Dr. Kitahara.  

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Use of whole slide images for teleconsultation – a pilot study

| December 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

Dr. David Wilbur and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School reecntly published a paper looking at their experience with whole slide imaging as a platform for teleconsultation.  Overall, the concordance was good at 91% between glass slide and digital diagnosis. I think this provides further validation of the technology for use in surgical […]

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This is your cancer

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Several months ago a gentleman walked into my office and introduced himself.  The name sounded familiar but I couldn't recall the context where I had read it or heard it before.  Without mentioning how I could help him he mentioned that I had read his biopsy the week before and he would like to see his […]

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Rutgers University Partner with BioImagene to Develop Companion Algorithms™ for Digital Pathology

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Press Release from BioImagene one their use of Companion Algorithms in collaboration with UPenn and Rutgers: BioImagene, Inc., the leading provider of innovative digital pathology solutions, announced a collaboration today with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey to develop Companion Algorithms™ for next generation companion diagnostics […]

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Announcement of 20th Annual AFIP Anatomic Pathology Course

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

20th ANNUAL ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY COURSE5 – 9 April 2010, Hyatt Regency HotelBethesda, Maryland COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis impressive course covers general and specialized areas of anatomic pathology. An intensive session in inflammatory, infectious, and tumor-related diseases, this five-day course reviews all fields in surgical pathology, cytology and forensics. Renowned experts from all of AFIP's many departments will […]

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Toronto’s UHN Wins Award for Telepathology

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to the University Health Network (Toronto) for their recent award with telepathology from the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario: This year's Innovation Awards honored the University Health Network for Telepathology, "a system that allows pathologists to securely review pathology slides from remote locations, thereby significantly reducing time to cancer diagnosis and increasing access for […]

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Call for Abstracts from Pathology Visions for 2010 Meeting

| December 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Join Us for Pathology Visions 2010Join us October 24-27, 2010, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on the beautiful San Diego bay, for the largest digital pathology event in 2010! Enjoy thought-provoking discussions on digital pathology applications and enrich your conference experience through the following: Exciting presentations on new applications Peer-to-peer discussions on digital pathology  Hands-on […]

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Computers don’t save hospitals money?

| December 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

Came across an interesting story from Computerworld about an a study out of Harvard that claims EMRs may not be all we think they are: Computerworld – A Harvard Medical School study that looked at some of the nation's "most wired" hospital facilities found that computerization of those facilities hasn't saved them any money or […]

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Hand-held device may reduce time needed to diagnose cervical cancer

| December 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

The UK's Daily Mail (12/1, Hagan) reports, "A hand-held device could slash the time it takes to diagnose cervical cancer from several weeks to just a couple of minutes," and "ease the trauma of smear-testing." According to its developers at Sheffield University, the device "uses a technology called electrical impedance to monitor the presence of […]

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