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Benefits of Digital Pathology and the importance of slide preparation

In recent years, digital pathology has become increasingly recognised as a clinical diagnostic tool and has taken a crucial role in pathology laboratories. One of the early adopters of digital pathology is the Department of Clinical Genetics and Pathology, Office for Medical Services, Region Skåne, a multisite Swedish laboratory which produces over 800,000 histopathology slides per year.

CYTOREADER - a new cloud-based AI dual-stain evaluation platform improves accuracy, efficiency and global access to cervical cancer screening

One of the first large end-point controlled deep-learning based AI studies demonstrated substantially improved specificity in cytological cervical cancer screening, while maintaining a high level of sensitivity.

And still it scans! 15 years of experience with Hamamatsu NanoZoomer

Dr. Riegman is a Molecular Biologist and head of the Erasmus MC Tissue Bank. As an early adopter of digital pathology, Dr. Riegman purchased his first Hamamatsu Photonics whole slide scanner in 2005. It was a NanoZoomer HT, one of Hamamatsu’s very first production units, and it is still in daily use at Riegman’s pathology lab today. It sits side by side with another NanoZoomer HT installed in 2009 and a NanoZoomer S360 installed in 2019. This trifecta of NZ scanners image 350 slides per day, with the capacity to scan up to 700 slides per day.

Winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the pathology community

In 2017, Hamamatsu Photonics supplied the national Cancer Vanguard programme with four whole slide imaging scanners for use in the Cellular Digital Pathology (CDP) project. The aim of the project was to win the ‘Hearts and Minds’ of the pathology community by demonstrating how digital pathology, if integrated in the future, will add value both in terms of improvement of clinical outcomes and patient care.

Being Fully Digital: Perspective of a Dutch Academic Pathology Laboratory

The University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands, looks back upon a decade of experience in digital pathology using several slide scanners, storage system and in-house-developed image integration software leading to a digital slide archive of ~500 TB. This was a breakthrough on the road to digitization of their pathology lab.

A global health network identifying the causes of child mortality

In 2017, Hamamatsu Photonics began working with CHAMPS to help build an innovative surveillance system to allow pathologists around the world to remotely review tissue samples across a number of CHAMPS sites.

Delivering an effective end-to-end digital histopathology laboratory

In 2017, Hamamatsu Photonics provided Pathognomics with a Nanozoomer S60 Fluorescent scanner and NDP.serve3 software in order to overcome the stereotypical challenges pathology was facing at the time such as slide degradation, storage and the ability to access slides remotely.

Virtual microscopy system for cervical cytology slides

The implementation of a virtual microscopy system allowing highly efficient automated pre-screening and archiving of biomarker-stained slides using Hamamatsu’s NanoZoomer 2.0 HT and NDP Serve.

Erasmus MC Tissue Bank, their long-term experience using NanoZoomer HT

Dr. Peter Riegman, Head of the Erasmus MC Tissue Bank, was one of the first NanoZoomer customers worldwide. The 3rd ever built NanoZoomer was delivered in 2005 to the Erasmus Institute and has been used there ever since. The system now contributes to three different application areas; research (imaging facility for internal and external scientists, digital analysis), diagnostics (virtual revision slides for second opinion, internal and for other hospitals, case studies) and student education.

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