Julie Piccione, DVM, MS, DACVP, is the board-certified clinical pathologist responsible for creating the digital cytology test. This test allows TVMDL clients to submit digital microscopic images of cytology specimens and blood smears. These images can be captured with built-in or attachable microscope cameras, or more commonly, with smartphone technology.
“The major advantage of cytology is the rapid processing of samples.” says Dr. Piccione. “Digital cytology allows clients to use minimally invasive techniques and obtain valuable information in a few hours, rather than days.”
This test would be ideal for critical patients, patients under anesthesia, concerned owners, and end-of-life decisions. In addition, this test can evaluate the diagnostic quality of samples before patients leave the veterinary office. If the digital images reveal inadequate cells, lysed cells, or necrotic debris, additional samples can be collected to increase the diagnostic utility of cytology.
Validation studies have shown correlation between diagnoses made from digital cytology images and entire glass slides. However, to aid in diagnosis of rare infectious agents, mixed populations, and minute cellular detail, evaluation of glass slides (standard cytology) is included in the cost of the digital cytology test.
TEST: Digital Cytology
SPECIMEN: 2-10 digital images (cytology and gross lesion images, if applicable) saved as JPEG or PNG files. If sent with a smart phone, images should be sent as “medium” size.
TURNAROUND: Monday – Friday, Results typically released within a few hours.
For more information on digital cytology and photo examples of image quality, click here to view the handout
For more information about digital cytology and all the diagnostic tests TVMDL has to offer, please visit our website at: tvmdl.tamu.edu