The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University has implemented exciting new technology to assist pathologists in reaching diagnoses from biopsies. This allows doctors to scan medical samples from glass slides into digital copies, and is being used to make pathological diagnosis much more efficient and accurate.
This technological advancement was recently approved for diagnostic use by the Food and Drug Administration and enables doctors to get second opinions from experts any where in the world in a matter of minutes. Before this new technology was implemented, in order for samples to be examined, pathologists had to physically have the glass slide in front of them with a microscope. With this new method after the slide has been converted into a digital copy it can instantly be sent to anyone in the world to be examined. In addition to the time this saves for making a diagnosis, it also eliminates the shipping cost and the risk of the slides being broken or contaminated along the way. Using computer technology, the digital copies of the slides can also be examined much more thoroughly than glass slides, by enabling pathologists to make pin point measurements, count cell divisions, and discover patterns from multiple slides.
Here at Leeseberg & Valentine we are very optimistic that this new piece of medical technology will drastically improve the accuracy and efficiency of pathological diagnosis, allowing patients to get their results in a much quicker. This is important because with more efficient diagnosis, patients will be able to seek out the correct treatment, and do so significantly sooner than they would have in the past. This should ultimately lead to fewer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, which makes up a significant number of the medical malpractice cases that we handle.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis please contact the law offices of Leeseberg & Valentine to see if we can be of assistance to you.