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Outside the Lab Digital and computational pathology, Technology and innovation, Microscopy and imaging, Profession

Part of a Larger Whole

Part of a Larger Whole

Digital pathology can provide great return on investment – but only if laboratories are ready for a sea change

Digital pathology is expanding in daily practice. More and more groups are moving to a totally digital histopathology service, spurred on by the practical experience of the pioneers. It’s limited experience, of course – only a few years’ worth – but it has demonstrated that digital pathology can be a reality. And the fact that some brave people are working fully digitally now is key, because they’re encouraging others to take the same step. There’s a distinct change in attitude – nowadays, pathologists can see the speed and accuracy of digital diagnosis, and they recognize that the technology isn’t as distant or as scary as they thought. This is especially true in institutions where telepathology is necessary – for instance, if they need the services of a particular specialist, but don’t have one on staff. Overall, I’d say that, in the last three years, digital pathology has changed from a sporadic phenomenon to a widely known and increasingly popular option.

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Marcial García Rojo

Marcial García Rojo is the principal investigator in the EUROtelepath EU project, a principal researcher with AIDPATH, and head of pathology at the University General Hospital of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

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