NPIC and Sectra extend collaboration to help NHS move to digital pathology

A multi-million pound NHS initiative that already spans six trusts is growing to help laboratories across different parts of the UK digitise pathology services. Led by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and laboratories in the surrounding region, the National Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) is a collaboration of NHS trusts, academia and industry partners. Organisations involved are ending their reliance on microscopes by sharing digital images of patient tissue and, in turn, they will be able to send images to specialists more easily and use AI to enhance how illnesses are diagnosed and managed.

Supported by a second wave of funding from UK Research and Innovation, a five-year agreement with existing partner Sectra will see NPIC expand its reach to more trusts. Initially this will involve providing support to more hospitals in the north of England, but the agreement will also allow NPIC to scale its approach and the Sectra digital pathology solution and VNA technology to other hospitals across the country.

Picture: The move to digital pathology continues apace across NHS trusts.

See the full report on page 26 of the April 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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