New technological advancements are improving the ability of doctors to detect cancer. Click here to learn about the impact of digital pathology.
Cancer has been the health scourge of our era. We continue to plunge tremendous effort and attention into scientific advancement to help detect, prevent, and cure it.
Thanks to digital pathology we have found a way to detect cancer that is quicker, more accurate, and uses less manpower.
Considering that there is a shortage of pathologists throughout the world, we can use all the help we can get.
As it turns out, a new technology has been developed that can fill in the gaps and even get us one step ahead in the fight against cancer.
Let’s talk about that.
Benefits of Digital Pathology
Digital pathology is an incredible tool in diagnosing abnormalities on a cellular level. But prior to discuss the benefits of using the technology, we must first understand how it works.
There are all sorts of technological devices that help medical professionals. Recently, an augmented reality microscope was developed. Scientists programmed artificial intelligence (AI) to sort through thousands of slides that were a mix of cancerous and non-cancerous cells. The goal is to program the technology to be able to detect cancer even within a massive set of data. The results look promising.
This cutting-edge technology matches doctors who can translate the findings for patients. This is what science can do when applied in the right places. The idea is that even if the technology falsely picks up on something that isn’t cancer, the doctor can comb through the findings and refine them.
Often a patient receives a recommendation to get a second opinion on a diagnosis. Most of the time, patients don’t heed this advice. Now, a doctor can get a second opinion in minutes from a machine that was specifically designed to perform diagnoses.
How cool is that?
What Does This Mean for Us?
Although the technology is incredible, there are some skeptics. It’s understandable because most people are resistant to change. However, when the change can save peoples’ lives, it’s time to embrace the future.
This amazing technology can fill in the blanks so we don’t have to worry about specialist shortages.
It also provides a way to reduce the workloads of medical professionals so they can focus on caring for patients. Cancer affects families, not just patients.
As man and machine enters a new era of healthcare, society can help more people than ever before. If we embrace the benefits that technology offers instead of fearing change, anything is possible.
Digital pathology is the future. And that’s a future worth living in.
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