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.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means that television shows, magazines, and web articles will be reminding women all over the country to check for breast cancer. Every year in the U.S. more than 200,000 women find out that they have breast cancer and over 40,000 women will die from it. As a woman it is important to check for lumps at home and, once you are over the age of 50, to get a mammogram every other year.
When doctors spend less time with patients, does it lead to more diagnostic errors?
It is a situation that happens far too often. A family member starts having chest pains. She tells her treating physician who thinks she has heartburn and he recommends taking some antacids. Some time passes and the chest pain persists. Doctors still have not identified the root cause and have instead tried to mask the pain by prescribing various painkillers. Sure, this helps mask the pain, but the underlying issue still exists. Fast-forward two months and this family member is now hospitalized. After a week of doctors in the hospital scratching their heads and pumping narcotics into her system, they finally requested a cardiology consult. The cardiologist comes in, identifies the problem, and finally places the patient on the correct cardiac medications. Unfortunately, it is to late as the damage to the heart is already done.