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THE LABORATORY REPORT Winter 2014 Page 7 Pathology Co-sponsors Pretty in Pink Event for Breast Cancer The Houston Methodist Sugar Land branch of the Department of Pathol-ogy and Genomic Medicine co-sponsored the Pretty in Pink breast cancer fund-raiser held in Sugar Land Town Square last October. The event raised almost $115,000 to sup-port patients receiving treatment at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land hospital. The money will be used to help with daily expenses, medications, wigs, and other financial obligations to help alleviate some of the financial stresses associ-ated with fighting cancer. “The event was very well attended and a great success. Our department’s sponsorship for this worthy cause was especially appreciated” said Dr. Seema Mullick, medical director at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. To see more pic-tures from Pretty in Pink, please visit the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Face-book page at: https://www.facebook. com/MethodistSugarLand Sugar Land Town Square during Pretty in Pink event Houston Methodist’s outying hospitals are now able to receive same-day immunohistochemistry results via digital pathol-ogy. The whole-slide imaging (WSI) scans make results more readily available and circumvent any delays potentially caused by physical delivery. This will enable pathologists to sign out cases more quickly and reduce turnaround times, ultimately leading to shorter hospital stays and the ability to expedite next steps. The glass slides continue to be sent by courier and are available for review the next day. “This is only one step toward realizing the full potential of WSI and its impact on pathology”, said Dr. Michael Thrall, medical director of digital pathology for the Department. The Department implemented digital pathology in March of 2012. WSI involves scanning the glass slides and digitizing them into high-resolution images that can then be electronically trans-ferred to facilitate diagnosis and consultations within and across institutions. Digital pathology will continue to revolutionize the practice, and enables easier archiving, telepathology, and train-ing. DIGITAL PATHOLOGY UPDATE A digital scan of a lung biospy showing nuclear staining for TTF-1, a lung adenocarcinoma biomarker Congratulations! Dr. Yimin Ge Dr. Yimin Ge, staff pathologist and as-sistant clinical member of the Hous-ton Methodist Research Institute, was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Ge is a surgical pathologist with subspecialty interest in cytopathol-ogy. He has an active research program that focuses on the correlation between different genotypes of human papilloma virus and their ability to cause cervical cancer. Congratulations, Dr. Ge!


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