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The Optimization of Digital Pathology Technology: An Open Letter from Yukako Yagi

Dear Colleagues,

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!

The practice of anatomic pathology is still mostly based on the evaluation of glass slides, as it has been for the last 200 years, therefore it is essential to continue current efforts to explore, evaluate, and develop new technology to advance digital pathology in a clinical setting. In actively engaging with our vendors, we can help improve the technology, develop clinical applicability, and help advance existing technologies such as the MicroCT, X-Ray microscope, confocal WSI, and so on. Integrating algorithmic computational pathology data for clinical cancer care and research is the next frontier for Digital Pathology with endless possibilities of exploration.

I am pleased to be involved with both panel discussions at the upcoming Digital Pathology Congress: USA on the importance of standardization and optimization of digital pathology technology and workflows; covering topics on technological advancements, integration into clinical workflows, and industry’s role in improving and advancing the field. I look forward to the opportunity to share my 20 years of experience in the field of digital pathology and image analysis.

More importantly, I look forward to the panel discussions and presentations to learn more about the amazing work that you do and how you’ve integrated digital and computational pathology into your practice; be it your academic, research, and/or clinical work.

I look forward to meeting you in New York!

Yukako Yagi
Associate Attending, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Director of Digital Pathology, Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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