2013 Archived Content

Digital Pathology

Defining a New Standard


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Friday, February 15

8:00 am Morning Coffee


Image Applications 

8:30 Chairperson's Remarks
Kenneth J. Bloom, M.D., CMO, Clarient, Inc. 

8:35 Telepathology Initiative for Improved Patient Care in VISN 8 Veteran's Administration Network

Sara N. Grimsgaard, MHMS, Telepathology Specialist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, James A. Haley Veterans Medical Center

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service is in the process of deploying telepathology systems across VISN 8 which allow for use, transfer and storage of telepathology cases. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVAH) in Tampa, Florida has established a Telepathology/Digital pathology Center of Excellence which helps identify requirements, obstacles and solutions for interoperable digital pathology systems. We discuss implementation through the area of expertise; for instance, we started with dermatopathology and are now implementing breast pathology telepathology service.

9:05 A Systems Approach: Integrating Molecular and other Novel Diagnostics into Comprehensive Pathology Consultations

Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network and Lakeridge Health; Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute; Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Pathology reports are becoming more complex and require integration of information from multiple types of analyses to provide the correct diagnosis, prognosis and prediction for optimal therapeutic approaches.  Where previously, examination of morphology was sufficient, today the consulting pathologist should incorporate data on the proteomic profile, results of flow cytometry, molecular and cytogenetic analyses.  This talk will review approaches to consolidate this information into a single consultation report.

9:35 A Better View Ahead: Next Generation Approaches to Cellular Analysis

Kenneth J. Bloom, M.D., CMO, Clarient, Inc.

10:05 Sponsored Presentations (Opportunities Available)

10:35 Coffee Break


Imaging Workflow 

11:00 Essential Digital Pathology: Perfecting Digital Image Acquisition

Yukako Yagi, Ph.D., Director, MGH Pathology Imaging & Communication Technology (PICT) Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Affiliated Faculty, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

This talk will address important technical and clinical aspects of digital pathology as well as offer an introduction to imaging research.

11:30 Real-Time Deformable Registration of Multi-Modal Whole Slides for Digital Pathology

Dirk Vossen, Ph.D., Director, Applications and Q&R, Philips Digital Pathology

This presentation presents a method for the spatial alignment of multi-modal whole slide digital microscopy images.

12:00 pm How Do You Make Sure WSI are Safe to Use?

Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Ph.D., Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona

The pathology reading environment looks very different than it did even a few short years ago. Glass slides and microscopes are being replaced by digital “virtual slides” and computer displays. This talk will address safety concerns with digital pathology, with respect to making sure an image is safe to use and has been displayed properly to avoid misdiagnosis.

12:30 Luncheon Presentations (Sponsorship Opportunities Available) or Lunch on Your Own


Imaging Workflow 

1:45 Chairperson's Remarks

1:50 Validation of Digital Whole Slide Images (WSI) for Diagnosis and Correlation Studies

Anil V. Parwani, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Division of Pathology Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

Whole slide imaging (WSI) is increasingly being used for multiple pathology applications. The focus of this talk will be to provide an overview of capabilities and limitations of WSI in terms of diagnostic consistency between glass slides and WSI, review past and current data on diagnostic accuracy and how this information can be incorporated in conducting clinical trials to assess the potential of WSI for diagnostic use.

2:20 Regulatory Issues & the Practice of Digital Pathology

Keith Kaplan, M.D., Pathologist and CIO, Carolinas Pathology Group

2:50 Wrap-Up

Liron Pantanowitz, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Department of Pathology, UPMC Shadyside

3:20 Close of Conference

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