GE Healthcare and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have started tests of new digital pathology technology they developed under a joint venture.

The technology, called Omnyx, enables the digitizing of glass pathology slides without loss of optical quality, software to manage images and digital pathology workflow tools. An integrated digital pathology system would enable clinician sharing of images and related information with the click of a button, increasing collaboration and rural hospital access to pathologists, says George Michalopoulos, M.D., chair of UPMC's pathology department.

UPMC will test the software along with New York-based Montefiore Medical Center, Toronto-based University Health Network, and Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford University Medical Center.

These sites and possibly others will conduct preliminary testing of Omnyx in advance of formal clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of the technology.

--Joseph Goedert


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