Acute leukemia workups, from top to bottom

The guideline tackles a Gordian topic on behalf of pathologists and clinicians, laying out a thoughtful approach to tests (including molecular studies), specimens and samples, results reporting, and targeted therapies. The guideline is heavily based on evidence, which is one of the reasons it took so long to produce the final document.

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Dr. Daniel Arber (left) and Dr. James Vardiman

TLA in, volume up—
micro labs take stock

As microbiology directors at some labs explain, the return on investment from their TLA installation has been fairly reliable, but converting microbiology from its traditional semi-batch processing to a smooth, automated workflow continues to be tricky.

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Irene Dusich and James Clark

Whole slide imaging for primary diagnosis: ‘Now it is happening’

“Until last month the U.S. was the only industrialized country without an approved whole slide imaging system. Clearly, primary diagnosis is the holy grail of pathology. Now, after 15 years of very hard work, multiple clinical studies, and a great deal of collaboration, the FDA decision validates that effort and affirms that digital pathology is equivalent—not inferior—to a microscope,” says Eric Glassy, MD, president of the Digital Pathology Association.

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Dr. Eric Glassy

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