Digital Cytology: Lacuna Brings an Essential Diagnostic into the 21st Century

Digital Cytology: Lacuna Brings an Essential Diagnostic into the 21st Century

Just as people will always need to write and move from place to place, veterinarians will always need cytology. It is the best minimally invasive method to investigate a wide range of complaints, from masses to rashes, pleural effusion to joint pain.

Conventional cytology, however, still requires a clinician’s precious time, and for difficult cases, a pathologist’s opinion, which can take a week. Fortunately, Lacuna is clearing away these old obstacles to open a new era of digital cytology.

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Navigating the Lacuna Diagnostics Report

Navigating the Lacuna Diagnostics Report

You’ve received the report from the veterinary clinical pathologist assigned to your case - now what?

At the beginning of the report, you will find the information provided by you, the veterinarian. The animal’s species, breed, age, and weight will be listed in the first block. Additionally, any history that you provided with the submission on the animal’s condition or lesion will be listed. A full and thorough history of the animal’s presenting complaint and related medical conditions assist our clinical pathology team not only in providing a more informed interpretation of the sample, but guide us in requesting additional or different samples for future specimens.

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The LACUNA Solution to Sample Quality Control

The LACUNA Solution to Sample Quality Control

We want to share a December 29, 2017 health news story from NPR about precision medical treatments having a quality control problem.  

Regarding diagnostic samples in human medicine, samples can end up telling an inaccurate story of the state of the patient and the underlying disease, because samples too often are in poor shape upon arrival to the pathology lab.

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Digital Pathology- What and Why?

Digital Pathology- What and Why?

Veterinary medicine often looks to human medicine for innovation and new technological direction.  There is a 5-10 year lag in the technological adoption cycles between human and veterinary medicine.  Without the insurance infrastructure, Vet Med cannot support the ultra-high dollar technology that advances the human health world. Like the human sphere, veterinary medicine continues to push toward “specialization’’, with pets visiting a suite of specialists including surgeons, dermatologists, cardiologists, etc for further advanced treatments. Technological innovation can have the greatest impact among these specialists marketplaces, forcing competition and lowering prices for consumers.  

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