Changing the practice of pathology
We continually invest in cutting-edge, transformative clinical capabilities to improve patient care. Our multiphase digital pathology initiative will integrate digital infrastructure to facilitate new clinical, research, and education opportunities. Delivering digital workflows for patient care will streamline manual processes and expand patient access to Mayo Clinic expertise while growing our digital knowledge repository, thereby delivering best-in-class datasets to train algorithmic and machine learning solutions.
The digital pathology initiative will further enhance patient-specimen identification and reduce occurrences of lost or damaged slides, improving overall patient care. Faster diagnostics, workflow efficiencies, reproducible results, and cost savings will benefit both providers and patients, as well.
Frequently asked questions
We expect the benefits of our new digital pathology initiative to include:
Please note that investment costs will vary according to institutional scope and approach.
Our initial digital pathology consultation service will support most tissue-based case types.
Based on early diagnostic concordance findings, some tissue-based case types are excluded at this time, including:
We have taken a vendor-agnostic approach; however, DICOM or SVS file formats are preferred for whole slide images.
Mayo Clinic Laboratories uses the Leica/Aperio GT450 scanner with the Sectra digital pathology system, integrated with the SCC Soft LIS.
The digital pathology consultation program is currently in pilot stage. The pilot program will inform our approach and timeline for offering the digital pathology consultation solution to all Mayo Clinic Laboratories clients.
As Mayo Clinic’s Anatomic Pathology moves from traditional glass slides to digital images, the advance in technology is achieving clear benefits in collaboration, learning, and patient care.
Dr. Jason Hipp joins the hosts of “Beyond the Scope,” a podcast from the Digital Pathology Association, to discuss advances he’s seen in pathology informatics over the course of his career and talk about where the field is heading now.
Successful implementation of a new slide scanning and analysis platform across five laboratories represents a significant step forward in Mayo Clinic’s digital pathology program — an initiative that combines advanced technology with human expertise to better serve patients.