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World’s First Automated Tissue Grossing Platform Uses AI to Assess Specimens

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 13 Jul 2022
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Image: VistaPath Sentinel is the world’s first automated tissue grossing platform (Photo courtesy of Pexels)
Image: VistaPath Sentinel is the world’s first automated tissue grossing platform (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

A first-of-its-kind pathology processing platform is designed to seamlessly deliver a range of solutions for critical lab processes. The tissue grossing platform automates the process of receiving, assessing, and processing tissue samples. The platform uses a high-quality video system combined with AI to assess specimens and create a gross report 93% faster than human technicians with 43% more accuracy.

The Sentinel from VistaPath Biosystems (Cambridge, MA, USA) is the world’s first automated tissue grossing platform, offering the easiest, safest way to gross tissues. The Sentinel is the only platform that can allow labs to image specimens, generate gross reports and approve them remotely; shaving hours off their specimen turnaround time. The sample container and cassette are placed into the Sentinel, where an image of the tissue and the container label is taken. The Sentinel continuously checks the container and cassettes being used to guarantee specimens cannot be mixed up. As the tissue is transferred into the cassette, the Sentinel locates, measures, and captures an image of each piece of tissue. A gross report is automatically generated using the laboratory’s own template. The technician approves the report which is transferred to the patient’s record.

The Sentinel automatically locates, measures, and images tissue as it is placed into the cassette, all in under a second. Its measurements are more accurate and consistent than from technicians. The Sentinel ensures that errors do not occur in the laboratory’s process by constantly reading all labeling and locks out and notifies the user if a mismatch occurs. It monitors all tissue before, during and after transfer from the container to the cassette ensuring no tissue is lost or left behind. The Sentinel provides the most robust record of specimens as they are received and moved through the grossing process. Labs can print beautiful, full-color reports that provide the gross description, patient and clinician information and images of the container, container label and cassette.

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