Tag: Pathology

Looking Back, Looking Forward

| August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

On June 22, 2007 I wrote my first post on this blog. Over 3,100 posts later, a lot has changed. That post contained an image of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) highlighted by a special stain (GMS) and my idea was to have a pathology image per post with a clinical vignette along with it. It […]

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A.I. Versus M.D. – Either Way – Pathologists Do Not Diagnose Cancer – Part 1

| April 3, 2017 | 3 Comments

A loyal reader tipped me off to a recent article in The New Yorker entitled “A.I. Versus M.D.” The article is written by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, a well known oncologist and author of The Emperor of all Maladies. This article, the book and the documentary are all worth reading/viewing if you are not familiar with […]

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Different Sides of the Pond

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Great story in The Pathologist entitled “An Ocean Apart” — How pathology differs on either side of the Atlantic – and how it doesn’t by Michael Schubert What exactly is a boot? Or a biscuit? Or a chip? If you pictured part of a car, a sweet treat, and a French fry, you may be […]

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Will Cancer Still Be a Surgical Disease in 2027?

| December 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we get ready to flip the calendars over to 2017, a year that seems almost made up from the time I was about 10 in 1980 thinking wasn’t even a real number. By now we were supposed to be flying around in our transport pods with flux capacitors, without roads, carrying light sabers perhaps […]

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Pathology and Radiology Reports Recommend Correlation With Each Other, Endless Loop Ensues

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of the Gomer Blog, a satirical medical news website created by a bunch of wannabe stand up comedians who ended up in healthcare. They roast every medical speciality, perhaps as an appreciation of what all of us does in our particular areas but I find the pathology ones particularly accurate and therefore funny. Laughter is good medicine. BOSTON, […]

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When a Colleague Becomes a Patient

| June 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s personal. CLL here. CML here. A melanoma. Colon cancer discovered on screening colonoscopy. Breast cancer following screening mammography. The slides are arranged with the others. You glance at the name. You do a double take. You remember they may have mentioned going for a colonoscopy or mammogram. The next day is much like the […]

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Peter Hamilton Discusses the Future of Pathology with Keith Kaplan Live from Belfast

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fri, May 20, 2016 10:00 AM AM EDT/7:00 AM PDT Show in My Time Zone REGISTER HERE Professor Peter Hamilton is joined LIVE by Dr Keith Kaplan at PathXL’s HQ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Join this webinar where they discuss the impact of the digital pathology industry on the wider medical community and what emerging […]

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The Dark Side of The Moon

With all due respect to Pink Floyd, it seems there is some growing concern the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative is running off course a bit with its recent selection of the “Blue Ribbon Panel” and who is at the table for high level discussions concerning this initiative.  I made some remarks to this in a recent […]

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Pigeons to Replace Pathologists in Diagnosing Benign from Malignant Tumors

| November 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all the hype and worry over a pathologist shortage in the coming decade, investigators from California, Iowa and Georgia decided to take action and train pigeons to become pathologists. It turns out that pigeons and pathologists are very similar in many ways but are less expensive to recruit and retain, have a higher reproductive […]

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Patients Advocating for Pathologists

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

I recently came across these statements: The issues set forth herein must be further explored to ensure that patients are receiving appropriate care based on accurate diagnoses and accurate identification of predictive and prognostic markers. A pathologic diagnosis is the foundation upon which all other treatment decisions are made and with breast cancer, the pathology […]

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The Elevator Pitch on “Why Do I Need a Pathology PACS?”

| November 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of Sectra; Published October 28, 2015 – By Simon Häger, Product Manager, Sectra Digital Pathology Solution In the past year, I have attended a number of pathology shows to discuss digital pathology in general and Sectra’s solution in particular. A very common question is: “Why do I need a PACS and not just a simple image […]

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Pathology Goes Digital – What Can We Learn From Radiology’s Journey? – 5 Tips From UK Radiologists

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of SECTRA Pathology is embarking on a similar digitization journey as radiology has experienced. Despite some obvious differences in how the transition to digital images will occur, it is obvious that questions similar to those once asked by radiologists are now being asked by pathologists. Radiologists have transformed their way of working, from processing […]

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“Herceptoid” and “Personalized” Medicine

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the summer a longtime friend asked if I could review some slides for a friend of his, or actually from his friend’s wife. Of course I agreed to do so. He mentioned that she had “metastatic breast cancer” and wanted to make sure the slides fit that diagnosis to insure she was getting the […]

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For Better or For Worse

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

For better or for worse the general public, what I will call the “patient public”, potential and existing consumers of healthcare services that may be delivered by pathologists and laboratories, do not know who we are. They do not know what a pathologist is or what pathology is.  They don’t know if the lab in […]

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