Brave New World
The eighth volume of our COVID-19 pandemic diaries from pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals around the world
Michael Schubert | | Longer Read
Inti Zlobec, Bastian Dislich, Tilman Rau, Oliver Jochum, Therese Waldburger, Alessandro Lugli, and Aurel Perren, Institute of Pathology, University of Bern, Switzerland
Pathology is undergoing an exciting transformation – digitization. We hear about it all the time. “Digitization and artificial intelligence will revolutionize the field!” its proponents declare.
Love it or hate it, digital pathology is the future. There will be quick access to slides from digital archives, reduced turnaround times for second opinions, image analysis of biomarkers for precision medicine, and artificial intelligence algorithms that will hugely impact pathologists’ daily lives. Digitization was also on our institute’s “to do” list. We wanted to save pathologists’ time and resources and allow them to benefit from the added value of a digital image. We also defined a clear “non-aim” – to have pathologists away from colleagues, working from home (or from the beach, computer in one hand, caipirinha in the other!). In 2018, we put together a digital pathology team. We met, we planned, we discussed, we dabbled in image analysis… we procrastinated. Why? Because we could. Change is often unwelcome, especially if it threatens to take away the one tool that defines your profession – in this case, the microscope.
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