Pathologists keep running into the same problems in their work over and over. The bottlenecks are in the logistics of people and slides, getting a second opinion fast, organizing the workflow, dealing with digital compatibility and having the right tools for the job. In this blog post we look at a single solution for all these issues.
Pathology is being disrupted by digitalization, and new ways of making all ends of the process meet are direly needed. The Grundium Ocus personal slide scanner microscope is the missing link and a simple hardware platform enabling full use of existing workflow systems and software. So, what is wrong with digital pathology today?
To start with, the number of pathologists available for an operation is limited by their schedule and location. With a compact and affordable Grundium Ocus in every operating theatre the initial scanning can be performed by any lab technician. The pathologist can in turn be anywhere in the world as long as they have internet connection. The Ocus can even read less than perfect frozen sections, allowing for some wiggle-room in the process. With the time saved a pathologist is free to work on far more cases at once.
Slides don’t have to be shipped to get a second opinion. The Grundium Ocus works like a webserver. A pathologist logs in to the Ocus software in their browser where they can remotely operate the scanner to look at any part of the slide. The Remote Live View feature also lends itself to making rapid onsite evaluation. A second opinion is now mere minutes away.
Integration into existing workflow models and systems is typically difficult if not impossible. The Grundium Ocus supports all existing systems and file formats. The browser-based software has no compatibility issues and can be implemented in any system.
Slide scanners are big, expensive and tied to a set location. The Grundium Ocus is a portable scanner, which travels anywhere in its own case small enough for aircraft cabins and doesn’t require a perfectly level desk to stand on. It isn’t sensitive to vibration like its refrigerator-sized competition. The Ocus is mobile and portable beyond anything else available in the market. With a price point matching its compact size, it has what it takes to be on every pathologist’s desk as a personal scanner and staple equipment of any operating theatre, clinic and school.
If you are interested in making work easier for yourself or your team, please contact Grundium Sales Director Attila György at Attila.firstname.lastname@example.org
Grundium is a global leader in advanced imaging technology. Established in 2015 by ex-Nokia engineers, the Tampere-based company is democratising digital pathology with the Ocus personal scanning microscope. The cutting-edge imaging solutions are based on over 20 years of experience in optics, sensors and processing. Grundium serves various industries and businesses enhancing quality and processes, protecting human life and safeguarding a clean environment.