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Anatomic Pathology

What we do

Pathology is a medical specialty, which provides a tissue diagnosis using a wide array of the tools of laboratory medicine, including histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, etc. Pathological diagnosis is usually regarded as the final diagnosis driving tailored management for a particular patient.
Anatomic Pathology includes surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy pathology. We are engaged in daily clinical work by participating in the medical care of patients through providing diagnostic information to help render a precise diagnosis and to monitor the effects of therapy. Pathologists collaborate with other specialists (e.g. oncologists, surgeons, radiologists) to customize each patient’s treatment based on their individual diagnosis.
We also participate in the training of pathology residents and rotating clinical fellows and are actively engaged in a range of research projects spanned from basic to translational and clinical science.

Digital Pathology

Our department is a core hub of the Nagasaki-Kameda NET digital pathology network. Nagasaki-Kameda NET connecting academic institution (Nagasaki University Hospital), large-scale hospital (Kameda Medical Center), and several independent and affiliated centers was established in 2017. It includes around 40 pathologists, both general and specialized, who are responsible for diagnosing over 40,000 cases annually.
Our department serves as a model facility for the primary diagnosis by means of digital pathology, which is successfully adopted only in a few medical centers worldwide. Many visitors from the leading American, European and Asian institutions along with industry partners visit our department every year. We are also regularly invited to share our experience at the international and local conferences.
Telepathology activities include remote sign-out sessions for primary diagnosis, tumor boards, multidisciplinary team consultations, journal clubs, research progress meetings, and regular international web conferences. In 2018 we achieved a fully digital workflow for biopsies, surgical specimens, immunostains, outside consults, and frozen service.
WSI-based education essentially incorporated into all telepathology activities is highly attractive for pathology residents, rotating clinical fellows, and undergraduate medical students. Our digital pathology model considers the immediate adoption of AI/deep learning technologies for diagnostic and research purposes. Currently, we are testing and validating in-house AI solutions for evaluation of tumor content in the biopsies of lung cancer.





  1. What we do