Sectra Takes Major Step Toward Improved Cancer Care Now Supports All High-Volume Pathology Scanners
International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra is adding support for two additional file formats within digital pathology, and is now supporting all high-volume scanners for routine diagnostics. The ability for healthcare providers to select the most suitable scanner and imaging solution, without having to consider integration compatibility, allows for improved cancer care as a result of increased efficiency in primary diagnostics.
“Imaging solutions are a critical component of healthcare IT infrastructure. However, without deep integration in surrounding IT systems and support for a wide range of file formats and standards, the true clinical gains will not be realized. That is why vendor neutrality is so important, and something we strive toward across all our products. Within pathology, we have now taken an important step by pushing vendor neutrality even further. I’m convinced that this will translate into better cancer care as healthcare providers can now choose the most suitable scanner for their specific workflow,” says Elin Kindberg, Global Product Manager of Pathology at Sectra.
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With digital images of tissue samples instead of physical glass slides, pathologists are able to instantly access and share current and historical images and information between departments and hospitals. This digital solution provides pathologists with assistance at critical decision points, such as grading or performing more precise measurements. Sectra’s digital pathology solution also allows integrated diagnostics-a flow of information across departmental borders for better collaboration and clinical decisions.
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Sectra has for many years been in the forefront in pushing vendor neutrality to support adoption of digital pathology in clinical routine practice, and already supports DICOM for pathology images. Since digital pathology is still an emerging technology, not all scanner vendors produce images in a standard file format, instead using so-called proprietary file formats. Sectra supports several of these already, but now, with the extension of the additional two file formats, Sectra supports all high-volume pathology scanners. This provides healthcare providers with full freedom of choice when choosing scanners.