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.
Almost four years ago, Mayo Clinic launched the Digital Pathology Program, a major pathology initiative. Phase 2 of this multi-phase rollout has recently been completed, which involved the implementation of cutting-edge digital equipment and software, and converting glass slides of patient samples into digital images. The conversion enables pathologists and laboratory technologists to view, store, retrieve, and share medical images more universally, without waiting for glass slides to be retrieved and delivered. This has significantly improved patient care because pathologists can now discuss cases with clinicians and surgeons in real time.
In this episode of “Answers From the Lab,” host Bobbi Pritt, M.D., chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, sits down with Joaquin Garcia, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Anatomic Pathology and digital pathology program to discuss how the advent of digital pathology is changing patient care at Mayo Clinic.