services of pathological anatomy The digitization project of the Hospital Universitario de Navarra (HUN) and the Hospital Reina Sofía de Tudela (HRS) is in the final stages tissue biopsy with which they work, to facilitate the diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, among other diseases.
As Salud reports in a note, the Navarrese hospital will thus join the small group of Spanish centers that have completed the process of digitizing all histological preparation that they generate daily (between 1,000 and 2,000), which makes it possible to improve productivity by reducing the waiting time between test and result, as well as by greater accuracy and homogeneity of diagnosis. The system also offers other benefits, such as the possible application of artificial intelligence techniques, support for research or greater guarantees in the discovery and preservation of samples.
initiative, design of computer systems for storage of digital images And the system’s implementation has been the result of collaborative work between technical staff from the University, Innovation and Digital Transformation Department, and professionals from the Center’s Pathological Anatomy Services, in collaboration with the Osasunabida Health Systems and Technologies Subdirectorate.
Traditionally, analysis of the preparations (known as “crystals”) with which pathologists work is done by viewing them through a microscope. The digitization of these tissue samples represents a radical change in the tools with which these professionals do their work. The “crystals” are then processed using specialized scanners, so that the resulting images can be stored digitally and viewed directly on a high-resolution monitor without microscopy.
The advantages of this system are extensive: first, it makes it possible to access clinical samples at any time and from any point, even at a distance, which facilitates the exchange of views between different specialists. Opens the door for the development of telepathology by facilitating and confirm the diagnosis. Improving access by reducing response times also increases productivity.
In addition, facilities for access and comparison of samples can also serve as support for research work. On the other hand, with the computer storage of the preparations, the risk of their loss is reduced, guarantees the identification and identification of the samples, and prevents their deterioration due to the passage of time.