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Uncovering Cancer In Today's Anatomic Pathology Lab

TUCSON, Ariz., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When faced with cancer, getting an accurate diagnosis quickly is undoubtedly the most important part of a patient's treatment. To help with this, today's advanced anatomic pathology labs rely on sophisticated software to view a patient's tissue images within the context of their clinical history, share those images with specialists and colleagues, and perform complex computer analyses to highlight specific cancer protein biomarkers that may aid in determining treatment options. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, today announced the newest release of its image management and workflow software, Virtuoso 1, designed to help make finding and analyzing cancer faster and more consistent than ever.

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"Virtuoso software is an important tool in our pathology lab, and Virtuoso 5.4 has an extensive number of new features that let me do things only possible with digital images," says pathologist Julia Mooney, MD, Shasta Pathology Associates. "For example, I can select and analyze areas within a patient's tissue sample with just a click. I can synchronize two or more images on the screen and then rotate them in unison — especially valuable when a tumor focus area is small."

View a 20-sec video demo of Virtuoso 5.4 software features including its analysis of cancer markers in tissue.

View a 20-sec video demo of Virtuoso 5.4 software

"Ventana continues to bring the latest advancements in digital pathology to our customers," explains Steve Burnell, PhD, Lifecycle Leader for Digital Pathology and Advanced Workflow. "Today's anatomic pathology lab is the cancer diagnostic hub for hospitals and clinical labs. Having the latest, fully integrated digital pathology equipment and software enables physicians to either locally or remotely, conduct complex tissue analysis in seconds to pinpoint the drivers of the cancer and collaborate with other experts in real time to help determine the best treatment options for patients."

"When we work with our customers to equip them with state of the art cancer diagnostic technology, we ask them, 'How can we better streamline your laboratory workflow and IT systems so you can be up and running as soon as possible? What features will help you review images and share with your peers whether they are located at the same site or on the other side of the globe? What computer software algorithms are most valuable to you? and what are the pain points for your histotechs during accessioning?' these are the questions we ask every day," says Ellen Suzue, Senior International Product Manager, Ventana Digital Pathology. "Virtuoso was built on this customer feedback and the 5.4 release further addresses our customers' needs."

New features introduced in Virtuoso 5.4 software include an enhanced image viewing experience, an optimized Laboratory Information System (LIS) integration module, more flexibility in deployment options, and an improved accessioning module. These new features and improvements will enable users to more efficiently integrate digital pathology into the laboratory workflow.

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