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West Mids to transform cancer diagnosis through digital pathology with Sectra

NHS patients throughout the West Midlands are to benefit from a digital pathology programme delivered by Sectra, designed to help reduce cancer backlogs, transform services, and improve the speed and accuracy of cancer diagnosis.

As one of the largest digital pathology programmes in Europe, the West Midlands Cancer Alliance initiative covers a population of 5.8 million people across four NHS pathology networks and 17 NHS trusts.

Delivered in partnership with medical imaging technology provider Sectra, the programme will help to tackle cancer backlogs by providing pathologists with the digital tools needed to better collaborate, share expertise and capacity, prioritise urgent cases and manage growing demand across the entire region. 

The work signals the biggest change for the region’s pathology services in more than a century. Technical go-live is now complete, meaning pathologists will start the transition from using microscopes and glass slides, to having instant access to high resolution digital images of tissues for patients across a large geographical area. 

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