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Standardization in specimen description at the grossing station

Pathology is an “image-based” discipline, where interpretation uses both visual and non-visual data. A systematic approach to description at the grossing station is essential in maximizing user efficiency.

“If the dimension of the specimen are not recorded, the key section not taken, and the proper special studies not performed at the time of the initial gross examination, the chances of acquiring this information may be lost forever…”  In the past decade, more and more pathology laboratories have incorporated digital images to text based description of specimens, and hand drawn diagrams.

However, the use of hand held cameras still includes numerous manual steps, such as saving the images on a computer and having to rename all the photos according to the lab’s case numeration system.

The major drawback was that it required to print the photo to manually draw on it before scanning it for record purposes. All these steps are labor intensive, may lead to a mislabeling a photo and are not friendly to including images in a report through an LIS system.

By using a camera and software fully dedicated to digital imaging for the grossing station, the Elevating Dualdraft Grossing Station allows the entire grossing procedure to be documented electronically. Audio comments, annotations to the images, as well as recorded videos enable a complete record of the grossing procedure, autopsy, necropsy or forensic cases. Dualdraft Elevating Grossing Station uses downdraft ventilation system and backfdraft ventilation system for better extraction of formalin fumes and grossing wastes.  Continuous airflow extends across the entire working area and all vapors are evacuated beneath the work surface.

The Elevating Dualdraft Grossing Station can assist a pathology laboratory in dramatically reducing specimen turn-around time at the grossing station while adding valuable data to the case’s report.

 

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