November 25, 2015 – At RSNA, the global radiology show in Chicago, Sectra demonstrated how a common solution for integrated diagnostics improves collaboration between radiology and pathology, thereby increasing efficiency in cancer care. In addition, the solution saves money for healthcare by integrating several systems into a single system.
Displaying radiology and pathology images side-by-side is one of the benefits of an integrated diagnostics solution.
“The solution supports radiologists and pathologists in conducting more efficient, patient-centered multi-disciplinary team meetings or tumor boards, with an enhanced level of quality, by providing access to all relevant clinical information and a complete patient imaging record. For the IT department, a common backbone has clear advantages – for example, it results in one less IT system and departmental infrastructure to manage, as well as less integration and fewer interfaces with surrounding healthcare IT systems, such as the EMR,” says Mats Björnemo, Vice President of Product Management at Sectra.
The digitization of pathology is an enabler and a prerequisite for increased collaboration across specialties. Sectra’s solution for digital pathology is built on the same platform as its radiology PACS, enabling bi-directional sharing of images and reports, thus creating transparency across cancer care pathways. This transparency allows for correlation of findings and provides a broader view of patient disease that helps physicians to reach more accurate diagnosis and treatment decisions. In addition, hospitals’ maintenance and operating costs are reduced by digitizing pathology on the same platform as radiology.