Posted 1st June 2018 by Jane Williams
Pathologists identify and interpret the changes that characterise diseases in cells and tissues, both for the studying/understanding disease processes in general and obtaining clinically relevant information for individual patients. Historically, by examining biopsy specimens, pathologists identified whether a lesion was neoplastic, inflammatory, or some other broad category. As medicine evolved, the task evolved into identifying more specific classifications. For example, if it was not sufficient to make the diagnosis of cancer; it was necessary to identify the specific subtype and grade of cancer in order to inform treatment decisions that were becoming increasingly sophisticated.
Posted 28th May 2018 by Jane Williams
As the field of digital pathology continues to evolve, we are discovering new and exciting ways to use and apply the technology. Digital Pathology is entering a new era, revealing an unprecedented breadth and depth of information for cancer research and diagnosis. Whole slide imaging (WSI) will take an important role in the development of future technologies, imaging modalities and systems, and impact clinical workflows, yielding a comprehensive multi-dimensional analysis that would otherwise be impossible!
Posted 21st May 2018 by Jane Williams
An inquiry by the House of Lords’ Science & Technology Committee has identified several issues that could hamper the delivery of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy vision1. The critical report (Life Sciences Industrial Strategy: Who’s driving the bus? 1) brings together evidence from industry, academia and the NHS. It highlights several implementation challenges which require “prompt and vigorous action by the government” to ensure that the scope of Life Sciences Industrial Strategy can be achieved.
Posted 2nd April 2018 by Jane Williams
An evaluation of the UK’s pathology capacity by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has identified that over the next 5-10 years “there is likely to be a severe crisis.” The report highlights a 4.5% year-on-year increase in the number and complexity of histopathology requests since 2007/08; the majority of which are for the investigation of cancer.
Posted 7th March 2018 by Jane Williams
Bethany Williams was the world’s first Leadership and Management Fellow in Digital Pathology and is now a PhD Fellow at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and the University of Leeds. We caught up with her at the 4th Digital Pathology Congress where she spoke to us about the future of digital pathology and reflected on her greatest career achievements.
Posted 9th February 2018 by Jane Williams
Using the power of social media for professional work isn’t new to pathology. Social media channels have become one of the quickest and easiest ways to use online tools in the disruption of healthcare communication.