A previous blog addressed the issue of the adoption curve for digital imaging in pathology and made reference to a 2005 article in CAP Today which presented the results of a survey of attitudes about the topic among pathologists. The article noted that cytopathology ranked quite low in terms of the integration of images into reports.
Patty Anderson, manager of national accounts for Olympus America has played a vital leadership role in this area by working with the cytopathology personnel to create enthusiasm and interest for imaging. Her activities culminated in a panel luncheon entitled New Horizons in Digital Imaging at the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) annual meeting on November 5, 2005, in San Diego. Here is a list of the educational objectives underlying that panel presentation:
To understand the strategic direction and goals for pathology oriented digital image transmission and storage in the near future
To understand the goals of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) in the development of a Data Exchange Specification for digital images in pathology as part of the Lab Digital Imaging Project (LDIP)
To understand the value of a digital image in enhancing the communication between pathologist, clinician, and patient
To understand DICOM and PACS and how pathology can take advantage of these technologies for image capture in their practices
To provide information about the benefits of image capture in pathology reporting, education, competency assessment, and proficiency testing
To understand how digital imaging may be used in the recertification and proficiency testing of cytology professionals, using capture and storage, network based assessment testing, and virtual screening
Barbara Guidos of the ASCP also participated in the planning and presentation of the ASC panel. Her special interest is the use of imaging in cytopathology education, recertification, and proficiency testing.
The panel luncheon was so enthusiastically received by the members of the ASC that Patty is already planing an expanded version of it at the nest annual meeting. Efforts are also underway to establish pilot cytopathology imaging projects at large medical centers to demonstrate the value of this technology.