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Digital Pathology

The Cellular Pathology team has started the journey towards digital pathology in working with our pathologists to introduce digital pathology for the primary diagnosis of histological specimens.

Digital pathology involves the management, sharing and interpretation of pathology information in a digital environment. Digital slides are created when glass slides are captured with a scanning device, to provide a high-resolution image that can be viewed on a computer screen.

Digital pathology will have a significant impact on the provision of healthcare. It will enable the rapid referral of cases between organisations and specialists, increasing access to expert advice and opinion.

Our team of skin pathologists were the first to trial the new technology, initially reviewing 20 digitally-scanned retrospective cases as part of the stage 1 validation. The team then moved to stage 2 validation, which involves reporting on live cases using the digital images and the conventional glass slides in parallel. The focus of this is to ensure that each pathologist is confident as they transition from glass to digital to perform primary diagnosis. This stage took a few months to complete and was in line with the Royal College of Pathologist’s guidance on introducing digital pathology.

The skins pathologists have now gone live with digital pathology for primary diagnosis and the next set of consultants are now coming on board. Our lung pathologists have begun their stage 1 validation and are hoping to move to stage 2 in early 2021.

Latest news

January 25, 2021

SWLP Point of Care Manager speaks at international conference

This week, SWLP Point of Care Manager Haval Ozgun spoke at a virtual international point of care (POCT) conference, which was live-streamed to 35 European countries and then shared globally.

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January 15, 2021

New research shows that previous Covid-19 infection offers up to 94% protection from reinfection

A study carried out by Microbiologists at St George’s Hospital, using test data from South West London Pathology (SWLP) laboratories, shows that patients with laboratory evidence of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic were 94% protected against reinfection in the second wave.

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December 1, 2020

South West London Pathology launches new website

The new website offers a clear and simple navigation, a detailed test database with an easy-to-use search function and a consumables section which is linked to the test database, making it easy for users to find the type of container (test tubes, urine pots etc) that they need for specific tests.

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November 13, 2020

Pathology service update: processing of allergy samples

Due to staffing pressures at the Immunology laboratory at St George’s Hospital, it is anticipated that allergy blood tests will be processed with an extended turnaround time of up to three weeks. This is expected to last through November and December.

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