Development Project PathoScan: Automated Digitization in Pathology

Joining forces for digitization

PreciPoint is working together with The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, HTI Automation GmbH, the Pathology Institutes of the University Hospital Regensburg, and the Technical University of Munich!

Currently, many steps in pathology laboratories are performed manually: Processing tissue samples, analogue analysis, and quality control of histological slides as well as archiving them. Digital innovations are only gradually being introduced due to the lack of reliable solutions and higher workflow costs.

Nicolas Weiss

Kick-off with all developmental partners

New workflows for pathology

This is exactly where the project PathoScan comes in: The research project aims at the complete digitization of pathology labs covering numerous pathology processes. For this purpose, a completely automated and scalable sample loading system for standardized, microscopic digitization will be developed. Due to the modular design, parallel operation of several scanning units is possible, thus multiplying the sample throughput.

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Modular design reduces hurdles

The modular design of the system allows a seamless integration into existing pathology workflows and thus reduces the hurdles for the adaptation of digital examination methods. To ensure high and consistent image data quality, Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen will contribute its comprehensive expertise in automated image analysis.

In addition, a completely new method for immunohistochemical staining of tissue samples based on ultra-fine nebulizer technology will be developed and evaluated. If successful, this method will set new standards in terms of consistent quality and the economical use of expensive antibody reagents.

In cooperation with

The PathoScan digitization project with a total volume of 3.84 million euros is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development, and Energy with a total of 1.63 million euros (FKZ ESB074/005). We are very honored to be a part of this project!