WHAT IS DRIVING DIGITAL PATHOLOGY?

(And why you should care)

Today, most hospital workflows still include extracting a tissue sample, shaving a thin slice of it onto a glass slide, and having a pathologist examine it under a microscope for anomalies. To get the pathologist to view the sample, either the sample slides or the pathologist themselves may travel long distances for a diagnosis. This is at once unnecessarily time-consuming, expensive and stressful.

The digitalization of pathology is simply applying digital imaging technology, i.e. a digital camera, to take a high-resolution photograph of the sample slide, which can be zoomed in and out for best scale view and emailed instantly across the world. Doing away with shipping slides or making the professional travel on-site frees an enormous amount of time in the process. This change can let the pathologist use their time more wisely, process more slides per day and thus be much more efficient.

There’s about a 20-minute window for diagnosing a tissue sample in surgery, before the patient has to be sewn up again. Without a pathologist immediately available additional surgery may be necessary or worse yet malignant tissue may go undetected. Every one of us could need this at one or several points in our lives. Fast scanning of the sample slide and diagnosis (and a potential second opinion) online democratize professional diagnosis and make it available for all.

*Yes, machine vision and artificial intelligence hold great promise in getting diagnosis done, but computational pathology is not ready yet to replace the pathologist in their work. To get where AI can be relied on to diagnose or even sort cases, slides must be scanned, and the workflow has to be digital.

About Grundium

A global leader in advanced imaging technology, Grundium makes digital pathology and best professional diagnosis available for all life – whether human, animal, plant or other. This is achieved by doing something that nobody else can: applying state-of-the-art mobile technology in digital pathology. Established in 2015 by ex-Nokia engineers, the Tampere-based company is democratizing digital pathology with the Ocus® microscope scanners. The cutting-edge imaging solutions are based on over 20 years of experience in optics, sensors and beautiful high-precision devices. Grundium serves various industries and businesses enhancing quality and processes, protecting human life and safeguarding a clean environment.
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It is invaluable to be able to ask more experienced colleagues for their opinion and the Ocus would enable me to do it in a matter of minutes from my home office. This is approximately the time it would take me to visit a colleague in the office next-door, only now, I can invite more people from different locations for this digital review at the same time from any location.
— Dr. Alexandra Zuraw
The Digital Pathology Place 

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