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Cecilia Whitney

The idea that pathologist can be replaced by this is not a good idea. Men cannot be replaced by machines. That is one thing that must be put into our minds.

Patricia Allen

It is a useful device to lessen the work of Dermatologist.


Melanomas are very difficulte to diagnose histologically because no criterium is applicable to all lesions. These people will find the same thing with their fancy device.

Ajit Alles

You say that human judgement can be used to override the software, but we are fast approaching the point (indeed, we may even have already arrived)at which the data is so complex that only a computer can handle it. Therefore we will have to start using computers/artificial intelligence to design new algorithms and interpret data. At that point human judgement will not be able to override the computer since humans will not understand the complexities of the algorithm/software. Just think how difficult its becoming to debug new soft ware that has millions of line s of code. Correct me if I'm wrong, but to my knowledge we cannot use gene arrays without computers to interpret the data. So just like pathologists might be obsolete in some areas (for example the use of reflectance technology in GI endoscopes that can "see" into tissues may mean that gastroenterologists will be interpreting their own virtual biopsies)human judgement may (will) become obsolete too. It's just a matter of time. Human operators will only be button pushers. Not pessimistic, just realistic.


A new free online CME by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is being directed towards pathologists who have patients affected by non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The online activity is free and will consist of 4 different activities.

Each activity will present different case scenarios using the latest treatment options and diagnostic markers to help pathologists improve patient outcomes.

To learn more about this free online CME activity from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and how you as a pathologist can get up-to-date information on the diagnosis and management of patients with NSCLC please visit: http://www.jhasim1.com/2010-14/index1.aspx .

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