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Digital pathology image sharing improves cancer care

Sectra : 20 April, 2015  (New Product)
A new product launched by Sectra enables swifter diagnosis by providing pathologists to review images digitally
Digital pathology image sharing improves cancer care


Sectra is launching a product for storing, viewing and sharing digital pathology images. This enables more efficient cancer care by enhancing collaboration and sharing of images between pathologists and radiologists.



With Sectra’s product, pathologists will be able to review cases digitally on a computer screen, enabling the pathologists to replace the microscope. The digital format adds new tools at the pathologists’ fingertips and also allows samples to be sent easily to other pathologists to share the workload or for specialist consultations, thereby facilitating quicker and more accurate diagnosis.



“Many pathology departments stand on the threshold of adopting digital pathology to benefit from major health and financial gains and quality improvements throughout the cancer care chain. With 20 years’ experience in the medical IT field and having been a pioneer in the digitisation of radiology, Sectra can help pathology departments fully utilise the benefits of digitisation,” says Marie Ekström, President of Sectra Imaging IT Solutions and Executive Vice President of Sectra AB.



European and Scandinavian pathology departments are in the process of digitising their work, but nonetheless, only a few hospitals have implemented digital pathology systems. In the US, digital pathology for primary diagnostics is still pending FDA approval.



Pathology and radiology are at the centre of cancer diagnosis and their collective findings are the basis for patient treatment and its outcome. Both disciplines are highly dependent on adequate clinical information in order to provide accurate and useful reports for the clinician, surgeon, oncologist or patient. Despite their joint responsibility for cancer diagnosis, the exchange of information between the two groups is often very limited as the radiology and pathology workflows are usually completely different.



Sectra’s product for digital pathology is built on the same platform as Sectra’s radiology PACS for managing radiology images. The common technical platform enables closer collaboration between the two specialities, sometimes referred to as integrated diagnostics, facilitating, for example, more efficient multi-disciplinary team meetings.


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