Gold standard in Medical Diagnosis and Prognosis, Anatomic Pathology is on the way to its Digital evolution.
The European Society of Digital and Integrative Pathology initiative was announced at the 13th European Congress on Digital Pathology, held in Berlin, Germany, May 25 – 28, 2016. The significance and technology of the discussed issues changed from the basics in telepathology (1992), via problems of glass slide acquisition (1998 – 2004) and virtual slides (2000 – 2012) to fully automated image measurements (2008 – 2016), as well as issues of predictive and risk associated diagnosis in terms of integrative pathology (2008 – 2016).
Moreover, slides scanners are becoming more and more efficient and effective and compliant clinical workflows are elaborated in pioneer Pathology departments and hospitals. The path towards integrative approaches in Digital Pathology is open, by supporting the key role of Whole Slide Image in the integration of heterogeneous knowledge used day by day by the pathologist in daily practice.
Thus, the time matured to found a European Society to discuss, create, and implement new and appropriate diagnostic methods as well as to become involved in potential ethics and social professional issues. The ESDIP founding members were:
Our actions non-exhaustively and non-exclusively support Computational Approaches in Pathology:
- Personalised medicine approaches around the key role of Pathology.
- Ethical reinforcement through traceable, dynamic and personalised second opinion.
- Research projects and benchmarking initiatives in Integrative Digital Pathology areas.
- Consolidate validation referential protocols and database for Digital Pathology.
- Acceptance of high-content imaging computation technologies in clinical routine.
- Massive visual data representation, indexing, storage, retrieval, management and understanding.
- Morphological micro-semiology (microscopical morphology semantics).
- Correlation between and integration of digital pathology and non-invasive medical imaging modalities.
- Model-based correlation and integration of traditional staining and label free technologies.
We do believe that our action is essential for the whole medical, scientific and industrial community, for the final benefit of the quality of care and life of the patients.