Philips helps Dutch hospital switch to digital pathology
Rotterdam-based Erasmus Medical Centre has become the first hospital in the Netherlands to switch to digital for their experimental laboratory analysis of cell and tissue samples using a digital pathology system from Philips. This switch to digital forms a key step in tumour research and ultimately aims to speed up and improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases.
Philips' digital pathology technology for scanning, image processing and analysis makes it possible to obtain digital images of suspect tissue at very high resolution. This enables medical researchers to view the images efficiently from any given workplace and to gain new insight into diseases such as cancer. If cancer is suspected in a patient, tissue is removed surgically or by means of a biopsy. The tissue is then examined by a pathologist at microscopic level and sometimes also tested at molecular level. This makes it possible to ascertain whether or not the tissue is cancerous and, if so, to what extent the cancer is malignant. This process also plays a role in the analysis of large numbers of test samples for experimental cancer research in order to gain a better understanding of the causes and mechanisms of diseases at cellular and molecular level. These new insights may ultimately support new diagnostic approaches and therapeutic treatments.