Digital pathology, including whole slide imaging (WSI), has many proven applications today in the local, national and international pathology community. Many users are engaged in intraoperative consultation, 2nd opinion consultations, and quality reviews using digital images. In the last two years, much progress has been made in discussions with the FDA and DPA resulting in a more clear direction towards wider adoption of WSI for clinical use in the USA. This coupled with exciting advances in technologies including improvements in hardware and software have now paved way to unleash the power of digital pathology for clinical use. More importantly, we are now at the cusp of deploying digital pathology to more and more national and global users with improved and automated pathology workflow and enhanced algorithm capabilities.
The clinical track at this year’s Pathology Visions will feature presentations and workshops by national and global leaders with experience and understanding of implementation of digital pathology solutions and the challenges and barriers they faced and are facing as they roll out these solutions to their environment. This track will also feature new technologies that are making their way into the clinical arena and highlight the importance of connecting the research, academic and industry players to keep moving forward with the common goal of bring digital pathology into the mainstream clinical environment. This track will stimulate, engage and excite attendees as one considers unleashing the power of digital pathology for their own applications.
In this track, cutting edge technology developments and implementation strategies in education will be presented in a forum that encourages engagement and knowledge sharing. Distinguished faculty from around the globe will share their experiences in advancing digital pathology both as a research tool as well as an enhanced learning modality. See how to use digital pathology in novel ways and in unique settings.
Key topics include image quality assurance; leveraging social media in digital imaging education; using eye tracking to enhance workflow; fluorescence and bright field imaging for tissue and blood smear processing, multiplexing, morphologic profiling and biomarker development; the impact of WSI on healthcare economics and the convergence of radiology and digital pathology. In addition, two workshops will be devoted to hot topics in companion diagnostics, focusing on the use of digital imaging for PDL1 / PD1 therapeutics.