Increasingly pathologists and laboratories are recognizing the value of remote real-time video for certain applications, namely immediate fine needle aspiration (FNA) interpretations, where increasingly, the patient, imaging device and radiologist are some distance (i.e. another building, across campus or across town) from a cytopathologist to appropriately triage the specimen for adequacy, processing and any additional ancillary testing that may be required. Newer high-definition imaging systems allow for high quality images to be reviewed in real-time to bridge the gap between the patient and the pathologist while maximizing resources in the laboratory to provide appropriate care.
This video was created by a private practice pathologist in Houston, TX and discusses how he uses the RTIS system and its ability to help save time with the acquisition of FNA specimens. (Click refresh on your browser if video does not immediately load).