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Rapid pathologic and molecular diagnosis of lung cancer patients based on telepathology techniques

Juliusz Pankowski, Paweł Krawczyk, Tomasz Kucharczyk, Artur Szlubowski, Maciej Środa, Monika Skrobot, Jarosław Buczkowski, Janusz Milanowski
Onkol. Prak. Klin 2015;11(3):135-139.

open access

Vol 11, No 3 (2015)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2015-07-29

Abstract

Telepathology is an emerging form of diagnostic process introducing digitalization of slides prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded materials and stained cytological smears. The use of whole slide imaging (WSI) systems could accelerate and improve the diagnosis of malignant neoplasms without the need of on-site pathologist or transporting diagnostic material in-between different locations. The implementation of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA) in diagnostic process of advanced lung cancer creates a new field for telepathology utilization. In selected patients, pathomorphological and genetic diagnosis may take less than a week and therapeutic decisions can be made in a short time. There are several important issues that concern the use of telepathology and WSI in everyday clinical environment. This short review presents the pros and cons of this technology and its applicability in rapid diagnosis of lung cancer, its utilization in connection with novel sampling methods and molecular analysis.

Abstract

Telepathology is an emerging form of diagnostic process introducing digitalization of slides prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded materials and stained cytological smears. The use of whole slide imaging (WSI) systems could accelerate and improve the diagnosis of malignant neoplasms without the need of on-site pathologist or transporting diagnostic material in-between different locations. The implementation of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA) in diagnostic process of advanced lung cancer creates a new field for telepathology utilization. In selected patients, pathomorphological and genetic diagnosis may take less than a week and therapeutic decisions can be made in a short time. There are several important issues that concern the use of telepathology and WSI in everyday clinical environment. This short review presents the pros and cons of this technology and its applicability in rapid diagnosis of lung cancer, its utilization in connection with novel sampling methods and molecular analysis.

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Keywords

lung cancer, telepathology, molecular tests

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Title

Rapid pathologic and molecular diagnosis of lung cancer patients based on telepathology techniques

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 11, No 3 (2015)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

135-139

Published online

2015-07-29

Bibliographic record

Onkol. Prak. Klin 2015;11(3):135-139.

Keywords

lung cancer
telepathology
molecular tests

Authors

Juliusz Pankowski
Paweł Krawczyk
Tomasz Kucharczyk
Artur Szlubowski
Maciej Środa
Monika Skrobot
Jarosław Buczkowski
Janusz Milanowski

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